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August 2018 Newsletter

We are excited to announce that our Lifestyle Pilates Petaluma Website has had a complete make over! Check out More user friendly tabs to purchase packages and schedule a class, Information on Pilates, Cleaner look and feel, easier to navigate, and Events and Specials. Let us know what you think!!

The Plank Challenge has Returned!

Master our PLANK CHALLENGE for a seriously stronger core in just 30 days! During the month of August we will be challenging our body by increasing our planking time to bring more benefits to our core stability and strength!

We are thrilled to introduce Brooke as our newest Instructor in training! If you haven’t already met Brooke, she is an amazing person with a loving passion for Pilates and living a healthy lifestyle! Brooke is a current client and recently completed our MAT l & ll and REFORMER l & ll TEACHER TRAINING programs! This month you will begin seeing her name on the schedule under Free Apprentice Classes!
Brooke’s Class Times:
Thursday 8 AM
Saturday 10 AM

Pilates Teacher Training!
Training starts September 2018! We offer an excellent and well-calibrated approach to Pilates and a curriculum that will cultivate transformative, intelligent, and mindful teachers or just want to deepen your practice l. If you are interested in joining us contact the studio for dates and pricing 707-338-0710 or send us an email at Deadline to sign up is August 15th

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March Plank Challenge!!

Master our PLANK CHALLENGE for a seriously stronger core in just one month! During the month of March we challenged our body by increasing our planking time to bring more benefits to our core stability and strength.

Whether you planked for 1 minute or 4 minutes, we are so PROUD of each one of you who participated in March’s Plank Challenge. Everyone did AWESOME!! You all pushed the limits. Keep the energy flowing!

We also want to thank Petaluma businesses who donated prizes for the Plank Challenge: Tiffany Longenbaugh – Urban Elements, Heidi Overman – W.H.I.S.P. Therapeutic Massage, Lisa Barton – Beaux, Lisa Barton – Thrity-Seven Wines, Dr. Dao – Heart and Hands Chiropractic, Meredith Brown – Sage and Salt Nutrition, Candace Hacker – Prodigy Hairdressing

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Fascia & Pilates

During the month of August we will be focusing on improving the mind-body connection and increasing your ability to listen to your fascia. Join us this month at Lifestyle Pilates to get practical experience stretching, releasing, and training your fascia!

What is Fascia?
Fascia is the elastic connective tissue that runs throughout our whole body. It is made up primarily of densely packed collagen fibers that connect from the sole of your foot all the way up to the back of your head and everything in between.

The elastic nature of fascia provides support to the body and determines alignment of bones, joint spacing, and movement with in our bodies. Inactivity, whether sitting at a computer all day or being fundamentally sedentary, causes the network of fibers to become a dense web that loses elasticity which results in decreased function. Inflammation, dehydration, and position of our bones and muscles may also cause a distressing effect on fascia.

There are several ways to release fascia in our bodies including massage, chiropractic care, foam rolling, stretching, and of course…Pilates! Releasing fascia helps bring blood back to the articular system which allows for nourishment to the fascia as well as an opportunity for strengthening and loosening of the tendons and ligaments.

How Pilates Affects Fascia
Fascia responds to various types of training and the Pilates method is an excellent way to effectively work your fascia.

Some of us find it easier to stretch and bend than others and a lot of that has to do with our fascia being a source of elasticity and flexibility. In Pilates, we use controlled movements and breath that allows for our bodies to rhythmically move in various planes and directions. Incorporating bounce or jumping on the jumpboard also helps our fascia by challenging it’s recoil and elasticity.

Pilates helps us focus on body awareness. By sitting up straight on the reformer while doing arm work, or extending in your lumbar spine doing swan, you are learning to listen to your fascia.

3 Nutrients for Your Fascia
In addition, to keeping your fascia healthy through movement or corrective care, providing the proper nutrients is essential to the health of your fascia. Here are a few of the nutrients necessary to keep your fascia functioning well.

Collagen: This is the main protein of connective tissue. Bone broths, and grass fed gelatin are excellent sources.

Lysine: A major component of elastin and collagen. Chicken, turkey, fish, crustaceans, and pork contain lysine.

Vitamin C: It is a necessary nutrient required to convert lysine into hydroxlysine – the from used to build collagen. Vitamin C is found in papaya, camu camu, rosehips, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kiwi, oranges, and kale.

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By Colleen OGrady, PMA-CPT, NC