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Whatever you woke up this morning wishing for more of-health, money, friendship, travel? It helps to schedule it in, build it into your schedule and get support to stick to it. Don’t ignore those little nigglings that are pulling at your heart.
We offer six classes a week with a variety of times-
Monday’s 6:00-7:00 pm Open Studio
Tuesday 7:00 a.m.- 7:50 Express Pilates Mat
Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-11:00 Pilates Mat Fundamentals
Wednesday 2:30-3:45 Open Studio
Thursday 7:00 a.m.-7:50 Express Pilates Mat
Friday 8:15 a.m.-9:15 Pilates Mat
We also offer private Pilates sessions and Duo sessions. This month we are offering 5 Individual Pilates sessions for $350.00. Regularly $415.00! Please call to schedule or if you have questions.
Lorinda (Lindy) Ruddiman came to Archer for massage therapy more than twenty years ago, when Lindy was a young mother. Archer helped her through a couple of pregnancies and resulting back problems. However as the years passed, the demands of her career as a graphic designer, including long hours at her desk every day, intensified her back problems.
“The massages weren’t helping long term, chiropractors weren’t working, and I tried a yoga class which left me wounded. I ended up on bed rest. I knew then that I needed to find something that would help me, not hurt me. That’s when Archer stepped into my life again in a way that has absolutely transformed my life.”
Lindy’s Pilates practice has improved her core strength and reduced her back pain so much, she says she rarely has bad days any more, even though she now has her own business (Lorinda Designs) and still spends long hours creating wine label designs. Lindy credits Pilates for keeping her great shape. These days, she goes to the studio one day per week and does the rest of her practice at home. Sometimes she’ll move incorrectly—when gardening, for example—causing her back to flare up. But she knows what to do to bring herself back to health.
Lindy’s mother and two daughters also began Pilates lessons with Archer.
“All three of us have been helped by Archer. Both my daughters have joined me in classes when they’re in Napa. Mom went to Archer for a series of sessions alone with her. She’d been having a hard time getting up from chairs, and the core strengthening helped. She lived very well until her last day.
We all love Archer and she is one of the kindest, gentlest people, and very considerate to all of us. She knows that pushing us too hard can be detrimental, and makes a point of helping you learn to listen to your body. She is one of the nicest and smartest exercise instructors out there.”
When asked if she has anything she’d like to add, Lindy says, “[Pilates] is something that all age groups can do, it helps them and they can enjoy it.”
Core strength is a key to reducing many health problems. How can it help you?
As a working esthetician, Lori Barolo suffered from back pain due to poor posture and incorrect body mechanics. Over a period of four or five years, her pain increased, and she visited a series of chiropractors and doctors without results. So, in January, when Kristina Jetton recommended taking Pilates with Archer, Lori gave Archer a call. (Ironically, Lori had met Archer at a previous spa where she worked and had originally referred Kristina Jetton to her.) After a complimentary assessment, Lori started private Pilates lessons and added mat classes soon after. She and Kristina then teamed up to create a duo Pilates session to save money while still receiving personal attention.
“Archer is amazing,” Lori says. “She gears the class toward each individual’s problems. She’s perceptive, intuitive, and aware. My pain has gone down by 70%, and the pain in the rest of my body has gone away completely. Pilates has ‘fixed’ me enough so that the pain I do have is isolated.”
Now semi-retired, Lori works part-time at Innovations and part-time at Wintun Pre-School working with autistic children. The work is rewarding, she says, and a balance to her other work.
“Take Pilates from Archer! I’ve tried the gym—when you take a class with too many people, you don’t know if you’re doing it right. Archer makes sure your form is correct so you get the most benefit from the exercise. You need one-on-one attention until you have [Pilates] down. Archer always says, ‘I’d rather have one perfect repetition that ten sloppy ones.'”
Kristina Jetton has been practicing Pilates at Archer’s since last fall, after Lori referred her. Like Lori, Kristina also suffered from chronic back pain. As the Vice President of Human Resources for the PlumpJack Group, Kristina spends a lot of time in her car, which, as she puts it, “causes a lot of back problems.” In a family of body workers (her mother does Feldenkrais and her grandfather was a physical and massage therapist), Pilates seems a natural fit for Kristina.
“Archer is definitely an incredible healer,” she says. “I have no more back problems!” She’s benefitted from her practice in other ways, too. “I can tell the difference in terms of general well being. This class is truly the only exercise class I’ve looked forward to and never skip if I can help it.”
Kristina’s advice for those considering Pilates?
“You need to find a Pilates studio or class that is small, where the teacher can pay attention to the movements and how your body works. If you’re lost in a class of thirty people, you won’t get the intricacies of what Pilates is all about.”
Do you have questions about Archer’s Pilates Studio and/or Pilates in general? I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.