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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.


Please leave a comment: What do you like best about your favorite exercise?

Have you ever felt disloyal for trying out a new therapist? Going to a different chiropractor? Changing doctors?

Many clients feel that they should remain loyal to a particular massage therapist or fitness instructor, even though they might benefit from the skills of a variety of therapists and teachers. And, at many spas and fitness centers, internal competitiveness creates distance between the therapists/instructors who work there. These practitioners are careful not to “take” each other’s clients.

At Archer’s Pilates and massage, we believe that helping you build balance and wholeness through positive fitness practices, Pilates, and massage therapy, is best accomplished with collaboration. To that end, our studio is an open system of communication and healing practices.

What this means is that, with your health and well-being in mind, Archer and Nancy and I (Amber) routinely refer people to one another. We acknowledge and honor each other’s complementary (not competitive) gifts and skills. We recognize that each one of us — whether client or practitioner — is a dynamic, ever-changing being, and that what works for a person today might not work next month and vice versa.

We feel that a client can most benefit by taking advantage of all that we have to offer. So we encourage you to try a mat class with Nancy if you have not yet done so. Take a private Pilates session with Archer. Or receive massages from Amber and Archer. If you find you prefer one practitioner’s style over another’s, we are happy that you are finding what works best for you.

We’re here for you, not the other way around.

Image credit: aussiegall

Archer’s Pilates & Massage
575 Lincoln


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