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Carolyn Ferris

Carolyn Ferris

Carolyn Ferris, Echo Community Manager for New Tech Network—an organization that supports schools like Napa’s New Technology High School—has been practicing Pilates with Archer for nearly three years. She became interested in Pilates because of its reputation as an effective, gentle, and low-impact form of exercise and began working out using Pilates exercise videos. Wanting the motivation and discipline of a class, she tried Synergy’s Pilates classes, but felt that the gym was too far away and she wasn’t getting the personalized instruction she wanted. Then, she realized that Archer’s studio was only a little over a block away from her home.

“I’m one of those people who don’t like exercise, and I probably wouldn’t do it if I didn’t go to the studio,” she says. But according to Carolyn, Pilates is a perfect fit for her, especially as she’s getting older, because it helps her to maintain flexibility and muscle tone, developing all parts of the body. “Archer is aware of which parts of your body are having trouble and works with you. A year ago, I had foot surgery, and when I came back, she worked really hard with me to direct the exercises so I could strengthen my foot and toes.”

One of the greatest benefits of her Pilates practice has been an increased awareness of her body. “I have a tendency to slouch and have rounded shoulders,” she says. “Now I have greater physical awareness whether I’m walking or sitting.”

In addition to attending Archer’s Pilates sessions twice weekly, Carolyn walks to work, one and a half miles each way, four days per week. Practicing Pilates has strengthened her core so she can carry her backpack without slouching.

When asked what she would say to someone considering Pilates for the first time, Carolyn replies:

Because it’s low impact, anyone can do it. Archer’s careful to build up your strength so you can accomplish the advanced techniques. When I do a mat class, it’s a whole-body workout. Without using any equipment, you stretch and tone every muscle in your body.

She likes the social aspects of the classes, too.

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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.

 

 

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Ensalare!

The importance of the EXHALE to  facilitate  toning of the Core.

 Notice as you forcibly exhale your waist narrows and your belly moves towards your spine. ( as when you cough and sneeze).

This is the beginning  of toning and the  setting up for core strengthening exercises.

With the Pilates system the ability to maintaining the “naval to spine during the exhalation and inhalation is essential.

Next week: Thoracic breathing 

Remember?  Keep your heart lifted!

Archer’s Pilates & Massage
611 Soscol Ave (Corner Soscol Ave & 8th St.)
707.337.5802

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