Clients of the Month Mary Maccoll (L) and Karen Nyrijesy (R)
"Contrology is the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. "
-Joseph H. Pilates
We are celebrating Mom's this month.  See our May special and take advantage to give the gift of health and Pilates to your Mom or a Mom who would like to try Pilates for the first time at our studios.

We also want to say Happy Birthday to Susan Wilson as she celebrates a special birthday this month.

Jennifer Cybulski will be back in PA and teaching at our studios.  Get in and have a lesson with Jennifer between May 8-11.

Sharon Michels is presenting a workshop focused on "Breathing" in Doylestown on May 19th.  There are still a few spots left.  
Karen and Mary - Chest Expansion
Clients of the Month:  
Karen Nyirjesy and Mary MacColl

How long have you been studying Pilates?

Karen: 6 years
Mary:  7 years

What brought you to Pilates? 
Karen: I initially began Pilates because of a back injury.  I had been going to a chiropractor for about three or four months and realized that although it was helping my pain, it was only a temporary fix.  My husband had done Pilates before and it had helped his back tremendously. I really was attracted to the concept that I could heal my body, prevent further injuries, and also get in much better physical shape through Pilates.  I am a competitive tennis player and I needed to find some kind of conditioning that would meet all of these criteria.  Pilates fit the bill! 

Mary: I originally took classes at the Abington Art Center with June Hines after my youngest child was born. My friend, Karen, knew how
much I had benefited from those classes so when she was looking for someone to take a weekly semi-private lesson with she asked me. We have been taking classes with Greg Elwell for 6 years.

Swan on the Wunda Chair
How has Pilates helped you?

Karen: First, it healed my lower back pain.  When I first started pilates I could not perform even the single leg circles without feeling a click each time I circled my left leg and feeling exhausted after just doing 5 on each side.  I had to be extremely slow and careful with all of my moves and Greg constantly adjusted and adapted the exercises to allow for my limitations.   I am so happy to say that even though it took almost two or three years, by increasing my core strength gradually, I am now completely pain free in my lower back and it is something I never think about any longer.  
Pilates has also allowed me to improve my tennis game.  I am a competitive player on the adult women's USTA teams and I am always looking for ways to improve my strength and conditioning.  Through Pilates I have been able to obtain greater rotation and power on my serve.  It has also improved my muscle endurance, allowing me to play for a longer time without muscle fatigue or stiffness after.  

Mary:  Pilates has helped me with numerous everyday activities. I walked my two big dogs (a chesapeake bay retriever and a golden retriever) and on occasion they would really pull. Muscle memory would take over, I'd instantly tighten my core and stop them in their tracks. This instinctual reaction has also helped with gardening especially these last few weeks as I work on my big mulch pile.  I'm not very flexible but the combination of strength and stretching in Pilates works well for me. With the semi-private lesson each class is different and geared specifically to us. It could be any combination of the reformer, chair, mats or now the tower that we use, plus I'm with a good friend which keeps things interesting!
Jennifer Cybulski
Guest Instructor Jennifer Cybulski
We are happy to welcome Jennifer back to our studio in Jenkintown.  Jennifer will be teaching in the Jenkintown Studio on Tuesday evening May 8th from 6-8, Wednesday May 9th in the afternoon/evening from 4-8 and Friday May 11th 10-2.  If you would like a private session please call (267.312.7607) or email to schedule. 
Exercise of the Month

Knee Stretches on the Reformer

The Knee Stretches work the spine in a round shape while hovering back close to the heels pushing and pulling the carriage in to work the hips, thighs, and Powerhouse.  The body then changes the shape to a
Nicos Scordis demonstrates the Knee Stretches
supported arched position of the spine to repeat the in and out of the carriage.  The last part of the sequence is rounded spine off of the knees.  It is very challenging to make it smoothly transition from shape to shape while moving the carriage out and in at a steady pace.  See the video of Nicos Scordis performing this sequence.

Sharon Michels performs the breathing exercise The 100

Breathing Workshop
to promote a stronger connection to core muscles

Saturday May 19th 1-3pm

Breathing is essential to life! It is the foundation of our system and retraining our respiration helps strengthen the core and connect to the pelvic floor.  Breathing also decreases neck pain and increases range of motion in the neck and shoulders as well.  The strongest of core muscles could still be misfiring.  Breathing re-education promotes good breathing patterns and significantly improves the posture.

Presented by Sharon Michels
Saturday May 19th from 1-3p.m. at our Doylestown studio, 26 E. Swamp Rd., Suite 102
Light refreshments will be provided
Fee:  $25

Call/text 267.312.7607 or email to sign up as space is limited.

Integrative Massage Method with Sharon Michels
Enjoy your introductory massage with Sharon Michels for $50 and each subsequent massage for $85.  And, after your first massage don't forget to take advantage of Sharon's "Refer a Friend" program - ask Sharon for more details. 
Visit her website here.
Jenkintown Studio
Mat Classes:
Basic/Int. Level
Mon/Wed 12-1pm;  Thurs 7-8pm
Intermediate Level
        Mon/Wed 6-7pm                  Tues12-1pm         
Apparatus Classes:
Basic/Int. Level
Mon 11-12 pm
 Mon 5-6pm 
Tues 7-8pm
Wed 10-11am
Thurs 4-5pm
Friday 9-10am 
Intermediate Level
  Tues 2-3pm  
               Wed 1-2pm              
   Fri 10-11am
Advanced Level
Mon 1-2 &  2-3pm

MELT Introductory Workshop
Sunday May 20th 4:00-5:30pm
Sunday June 3rd 2:00-3:30

Doylestown Studio
Mat Classes:
Basic/Int. Level
Wed 11:30-12:30pm
Intermediate Level
Mon/Wed 6-7pm  
Tues 1-2pm
Apparatus Classes:
Basic/Int. Level
    Mon 12-1pm                   Sat 11-12pm
Intermediate Level
Mon/Thurs 5-6pm
Mon/Wed. 7:30-8:30am
Sat 10-11am

MELT Introductory Workshop
Saturday June 2nd 1-2:30pm


Online Scheduling 
We'd like to remind you that you can now schedule your lessons and classes online.  We are happy to help you with your scheduling, but wanted to give the opportunity to control your scheduling of lessons and classes.  With this option you will go to our website and navigate to Schedule - Rates and then to Attend A Class.  If you have been to our studio before, you will already have an account within our system.  You will be prompted to register to create a user name and password to access your account.  

With this option you can schedule or cancel within a 24 hour window. You can pay for your classes online as well.  If you try this and are not successful, let us know and we will help you through the process.
May Special
Buy one Gift Certificate for a new client to June Hines Pilates for a Private Session, get one Private Session for yourself.
Email or call us to schedule your lessons and take advantage of this special offer!  (This offer can be purchased as a gift for a friend or family member)
purchase by 5/31/2018 and use by 6/30/2018