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Lori and Kristina

Lori Barolo and Kristina Jetton

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.

Lori’s advice?

“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.”

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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.

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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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What questions do you have about Archer’s Pilates Studio and/or Pilates in general? I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.

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Pilates is a gentle but challenging form of exercise that improves general mobility and postural alignment. It is an excellent fitness practice for anyone, from those who are just starting an exercise regime and those who are healing from injury to fitness buffs and professional athletes. Students of the Pilates Method perform a limited number of precise movements of each exercise, using proper form and control to develop muscles that are slim, strong and supple while increasing flexibility and strength.

It all began with Joseph Pilates. Born in 1880s Germany, Joseph was a frail, sickly child, suffering from rickets, asthma, and rheumatic fever. At the time, there weren’t many health resources available to the general population. But Joseph was also enterprising and imaginative; he developed his own exercise program to gain strength, improve his physical alignment, and overcome his natural tendency to weakness. In the beginning, his activities included boxing, gymnastics, self-defense, and skiing.

In his 30s, Pilates moved to England where he continued to train and teach boxing and self-defense. But during the first world war, because of his German nationality, Joseph was placed into a British internment camp. There, he taught physical fitness to other inmates and helped them develop practices for rehabilitation from injuries caused during the war. It was also there that he started inventing equipment to hasten the rehabilitation process, using readily accessible materials—bed frames and mattress springs—in order to provide spring resistance and movement assistance for those who were bedridden.

When the war ended, Pilates returned to Germany. In Hamburg he trained Military Police in self-defense. He also began collaborating with Rudolph Laban, a renowned movement analyst who designed programs for the growing fitness industry and worked with professional dancers. When Pilates was asked to work with the German army, however, he decided to move to the United States. On the voyage over in 1926, he met his soon-to-be wife. Together they founded a fitness studio on 8th avenue in New York City, close to a number of dance studios. This proximity to dance and dancers influenced Pilates’ work as he continue refining his methods.

Pilates initially dubbed his revolutionary method—which focuses on training the whole body through precise, controlled movements, breath control, flexibility, core strength, joint stabilization and full range of motion—”Contrology.” He published two books about his training methods: Your Health: A Corrective System of Exercising That Revolutionizes the Entire Field of Physical Education (1934) and Return to Life through Contrology (1945).

Today Joseph Pilates’ program is known simply as the Pilates Method or The Method and includes literally hundreds of exercises. Though The Method was originally taught only to apprentices and practiced in only in studios, you can now find Pilates’ method taught in a variety of venues—such as here at Archer’s Pilates—utilizing a full range of Pilates mat and machine-assisted exercises.

Archer’s Pilates & Massage
575 Lincoln

707.337.5802

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