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Grania Lindberg

Grania Lindberg

Grania Lindberg began practicing Pilates about a year and a half ago, and now attends an Archer’s Pilates mat class once a week.

She knew Archer from their weekly book group and decided to try Pilates after her physical therapist highly recommended it—and Archer. “I had a back problem when I first started,” says Grania, “so core strengthening was very important.”  Besides helping her strengthen to relieve her back pain, Grania says, “Archer is really friendly and very good at explaining what you want you to do. Classes are small, so there’s lots of personal attention.”

Recently retired from the nonprofit sector, Grania loves her work as a volunteer with Napa Valley CanDo. An active part of their environment group, she organizes locally to help reduce consumer reliance on single-use plastic bags.

When asked what she would recommend for anyone considering Pilates and/or working with Archer for the first time, Grania says,

“Be sure you’re getting someone who has a lot of Pilates training. I’ve taken Pilates classes at the gym, but they’re focused on breaking a sweat, which is not what Pilates is all about. It’s not a strenuous form of exercise. Archer is very good. She tailors it to your level of ability and what’s going on with your body. The more you do it, the better you feel.”

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Sandy Hauser

Sandy Hauser has been an Archer’s Pilates client for—in her words—”maybe twenty years.” She originally started taking Pilates classes from another teacher in the old Hat building downtown, and loved  how it made her feel. Then I took over the classes, and when I moved studios to Walnut St., she came along with me.

Sandy attends classes twice a week: the Friday 8:15 am Pilates Mat class and the Tuesday 8:30 am Open Studio.

Of the benefits of her Pilates she has this to say:

“I love my twice weekly sessions!  If I do miss a Pilates class, I can always tell because my body is so stiff. The two classes give me the advantage of one class on the machines and one class on the mats which I believe is the perfect balance for my body.”

Sandy, owner of “Not Yo’ Momma’s Cheesecakes,” is a busy woman, creating and baking thirty (30!) varieties of individual serving-sized cheesecakes. When I asked her what her favorite was she said, “Right now, I’d have to say it’s ‘Tongue-Tickling Tangerine.” That does sound good!

Sandy’s cheesecakes are always part of the Crossroads Chicken truck menu, but she told me that she—and her cheesecakes—will be at Napa Farmer’s Market starting May 1st, the Chef’s Market beginning on Thursday May 17th, and this weekend at Veteran’s Park for the Earth Day celebration.

Sandy keeps her fitness level high through you commitment to her Pilates classes and by walking regularly.

If you’re thinking about starting Pilates for the first time, Sandy recommends:

“Start with a mat class and see how you like it, before moving on to the machines. I love how the stretches feel.”

I agree. If you don’t see something on the class schedule that works for you, bring a friend and together we’ll design a customized class just for you. It only takes two!

 

Proper posture is about keeping the bones and joints in correct alignment so that the muscles fire properly. A postural assessment is essential as a starting point for creating a comprehensive Pilates program.

For example, Janice (not her real name) a busy, 52-year-old mother of two boys, 8 and 12 suffered a whiplash seven years ago. Up until her 50th birthday, she believed that it had been treated and corrected.

She was a regular member of the local gym and decided to try the new Pilates mat class as she had heard it could tone her abdominals. Though the Pilates mat teacher was earnest and tried her best to address all the different needs of the 13 students in her class, she could not. As a result, Janice aggravated her old injury.

After her initial visit to my studio she learned that there was a lot more to Pilates than what one session could show her. On her second visit, we went over her medical history and did a postural evaluation. I found that she had a tendency to a forward head position and rounded shoulders that aggravated the muscles in her cervical spine. I showed her some simple neck and jaw stretches/releases that she could do at home.

Over the course of the next ten weeks, we used the Reformer and the Cadillac to strengthen and connect her upper body to her core, thus releasing the muscles in her neck.

Today, Janice attends her private session once a week and supplements it with her original mat class. She is becoming more confident with the machines (Reformer and Cadillac) and is talking about moving into the open studio class on Tuesday morning.

Through the Pilates system postural evaluation Janice and I were able to first identify and then tone those muscles that had been taking a back seat, helping her to recover from her injury, while strengthening core muscles and building balance throughout her body.

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