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CORE Newsletter
March 3, 2012  

"You never regret the workout you did, only the one you didn't do."   

 

You know it's true! So why not schedule a private, semi private (duet) or group pilates class today. Click here for an overview of session types and classes with easy online scheduling.  


If you have a friend or family member that you want to work with in Pilates, you should consider scheduling a duet. Click here for details  

All group classes for the month of April are online now. Please be sure to check the
online scheduling system for real-time scheduling of appointments. The classes and open appointments are updated daily! 
Special March Offer - Refer a Friend or Family Member

Invite your friends and family to come try out CPR. If they purchase a package at CPR in the month of March, you'll get $20 in services FREE! 
NEW OFFERING at Core Pilates: Alignment Evaluation

This evaluation includes a detailed postural assessment and musculoskeletal overview to determine sources of tightness and mechanical dysfunction that would impact alignment and optimal mobility. It will serve as a foundation for programming and subsequent sessions. You will gain insights into patterns of overuse, structural limitations or general weaknesses or imbalances. Executed by a skilled instructor, the information from this evaluation will help you understand how to improve your posture and achieve results executing Pilates principles. To schedule this service, click on the appointments tab through our online scheduling system.
The Importance of Spinal Articulation

 

Our spines are an amazing part of our highly complex bodies. From the varying sizes of the vertebrae in our neck (cervical), middle (thoracic), and lower (lumbar) to the way our spinal cord runs through the spinal column, which houses our central nervous system - we are downright miraculous. Perhaps this is reason alone to be highly attentive and conscientious about our mobility and spinal hygiene.

With twenty four moving vertebra, there is great need to keep these bony structures properly "articulating" or segmentally mobile. None of us appreciate the feeling of stiffness or tightness in any part of our backs, as bony and connective tissue restrictions can produce discomfort, often pain and mechanical dysfunction.

From both a scientific and Pilates perspective, the key to optimal spinal hygiene is efficient movement that incorporates articulation, strengthening and stretching. Much like we think of articulation in the context of speech, the same is relevant with spinal  articulation. The precision of segmental motion lends for a flexible and functional spine. Furthermore,  our nervous system optimizes its signals throughout our bodies with proper articulation and mobility. For examples of articulation exercises, think of "cat", bridging or spine stretch forward.

We have everything to gain OR everything to lose by not following through with conscientious care of our spines.  No worries for all of you who have a solid Pilates practice as your commitment to your spine, your core and posture will bring you joint longevity, freedom of movement, better posture and the satisfaction of feeling and looking your best.

blackberry smoothie
Healthy Recipe - Blackberry Smoothie 

  

Recipe courtesy of Brittany Mullins, author of www.eatingbirdfood.com

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana
  • 1 - (6 oz) container of plain non-fat/low-fat Greek yogurt 
  • 4 cubes of ice
  • 1/2-3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or other type of milk, if needed
  • a few drops of liquid stevia or other natural sweetener, to taste

Preparation

  1. Place blackberries, banana, yogurt, ice cubes and 1/4 cup milk in blender and blend until fruit is pureed and ingredients are well combined.
  2. Add stevia to sweeten and more milk to get the desired thickness (if necessary).
"Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment. Living in the moment could be the meaning of life"
--Lululemon 
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