Pilates Mat Class

Are you looking for a great Pilates mat class but hate the gym? We may be just the right match for you! We have created a monthly mat class with a maximum of 8 people. This class is intended for the injury free clientele who are looking for a small size mat class and access to a video of the exercises so they can continue to do the work at home. If this sounds like you take a look at the details below.

The video of the exercises will provide the cues needed to continue to keep up with the great form you learn in the class!

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Exercise Reduces Stress. We know! Are we ready to change?

Exercise does more for us than just get us in great physical shape, it also gets us in great mental shape!

Everyday life naturally leads to stress, with our jobs, family and the pressures we put on ourselves. What do we do to handle these stresses? Do we do the things that will really help us or just satisfy our caffeine or sugar cravings? Ultimately making the stress worse. Why don’t we take a quick walk around the block or go for a great workout instead? Why don’t treat ourselves like we are our number one client?

Even though we know exercise has been proven to increase the concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress we are still in our same old patterns of another cup of coffee, another pastry or a glass of wine (maybe two).

Maybe it can overwhelming to think of the big picture and we are afraid of failure? When the task seems too daunting we decide not to try than to try and fail?

What if we broke it down into baby steps? Give ourselves a direction one stepping stone at a time? This way we achieve a goal and feel the accomplishment of it. Once we feel this accomplishment we may decide we want more because it feels good to reach our goals right?

What would your first stepping stone be? A quick 10 minute walk  before you leave for work?  Or maybe get off the bus or train stop a  stop early so you can walk the rest of the way to the office? Or take the stairs instead of the elevator?

Think about it. Are you ready to create your first stepping stone?

For more information contact Cassidy at The Body Gallery

pilates@thebodygallery.com

415.776.6641

Ergonomic desks for improved lifestyle

Are you sitting at a computer more than 6-8 hours a day for work?

I have many clients who come once a week for bodywork in order to compensate for the effects that sitting at a desk is having on their bodies.  These aren’t inactive people either.  Most of them are exercising regularly when they aren’t sitting at a computer all day. Still, their bodies are suffering from the long term effects of sitting for such long stints of time each day.

It manifests as frozen shoulders, neck pain, chronic back pain, migraines, sciatica and major hip imbalances along with mental and emotional stress. I realized that unless people change the way they work, I can only help them temporarily.

So what is a more viable solution?

The idea of a standing desk is great, but standing all day is not that great for you either. It’s a drastic change from sitting and has it’s own implications.  It’s more ideal to be able to sit and stand interchangeably.  There are many automatic desks out there that allow you to sit and/or stand at the same desk with a remote control.

I started looking for a local company that provided such a solution and found Ergo Depot in Potrero Hill.

I took a client of mine who was a great candidate for a desk like this to Ergo Depot and they were incredibly helpful.  She purchased one of the mobile desks (and one of their ergonomic chairs) and has since had significant improvements to her back and hip problems.

Check out this video and start thinking progressively about investing in changing the way you work for a more healthy lifestyle.

I will have a sample desk from Ergo Depot in my studio for you to test drive starting next week.