Choose from Three Options
- $63 for two personal-training sessions ($150 value)
- $17 for two Pilates and Gyrotonic group classes ($40 value)
- $34 for four Pilates and Gyrotonic group classes ($80 value)
Equipment: Pilates cadillac, reformers & chair. Gyrotonic Tower & Gyrotonic JSB
Students should bring: Dress in appropriate movement wear and bring water.
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: N/A
Parking: Free street parking
A Chat with The Body Speaks
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
By striving to give them that great sense of well being that comes when the body and mind are moving in partnership. I teach my clients how to feel the flow of vital energies and this stimulates a deeper way of being “in body” that feels good. When they realize that this sense of well being can be sustained, their curiosity encourages a dedicated physical practice. Through dynamic 3 dimensional exercising my clients not only focus on increasing strength, mobility, sound alignment and balance, they also cultivate a mindfulness that fuels vitality, resiliency and endurance. I guide them to listen to their bodies as they move in and out of class and this empowers them to unlock habitual centers of stress which can cause chronic pain and potential injury. My passion is to help others create high quality movement habits no matter what there physical abilities are. I work with regular folk, high performance athletes & dancers, and those recovering from surgery or illness. The modalities I draw from are gymnastics, dance, Pilates, GYROTONIC®, Yoga, Chi Kung and more.
Do you believe in the maxim, “No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
For the most part I do not. If the body is experiencing pain it is telling me and my client that something is amiss. Either range of motion has to be lessened, the weight of the equipment has to be adjusted, the body is not in good structural alignment, props needs to be used for better support, or we just need to do a more fundamental form of that exercise. Having said this though, there are times when working with discomfort is necessary, for example in the situation of dismantling scar tissue in order to re establish range of motion and healthy circulation. Also, in another situation, the high performance athlete has to push the boundaries at times, and this may entail some discomfort but can be done successfully when a finely tuned body has a strong partnership with a discerning mind.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
First of all it is great that they are self motivated but this may lead to a repetitive routine that does not provide variety or a 3 dimensional range of motion workout. A repetitive routine day in and day out can dull the senses and shut down lively rapport between body and mind. Also without an instructor present, default alignment patterns may set in that limit performance and potentially cause physical injury.
What’s the most radical physical transformation you’ve seen a client make?
In the 40 years I’ve been teaching, I have witnessed many small and large remarkable transformations but in terms of “radical transformations”, I have been privy to a few, and in each case, I’ve witnessed the hearty spirit of each of these clients take on multiple obstacles regarding a life threatening illness. I collaborated with them on building a tool kit of breath, movement and imagery exercises that eventually rebounded them into their version of full mobility. I felt more like the student than the teacher in these situations but it made me realize that we all sit on a gold mine of potential; tapping into the possibilities of integrating body, mind and our unique spirit, allow us to become who we are ultimately to be.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
During a session we try to go through all planes of motion. My focus is to not only increase their outer body capabilities but heighten their inner energetic body as well. If ‘inner body’ awareness is engaged it automatically opens the floodgates for more sophisticated movement possibilities. Typical comments I hear from first timers is something like:“I have never felt my abs work like this before”, “I didn’t know my spine could move like this”or “I feel so open and grounded at the same time”. And of course the treat for me is that I can see and feel this new awareness come alive in them.