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Spring Pilates 

Coach Stacy will be offering a Spring Pilates specialty class 

April 29 - June 20 

Tuesday/Thursday 8:45am

Pilates is a low-impact exercise that strengthens muscles to create a lean, tone body. The goal of a mat Pilates class is to strengthen the body’s abdominals, lower back muscles, pelvic floor, hips and glutes.

Read more about Coach Stacy and the history of Pilates below!

History of Pilates

Joseph Pilates developed Pilates in the 1920s as a way for bedridden hospital patients injured during WWI to keep up their strength. After opening his first Pilates studio near the New York City Ballet, he ended up using his practice to help recover injured ballerinas who needed a way to keep their dancer form.

Pilates Mat is an ordered series of floor based exercises focused on increasing core strength, spinal flexibility, breath control, musculoskeletal balance, and mind body awareness. Pilates Mat is the foundation of the Pilates method as an individual works against gravity in a variety of positions from lying to sitting to kneeling. Based on a classical approach to Pilates, the structure requires attention to details of movement while modifications are provided to meet individual needs. Participants will learn how to initiate movement from the core musculature thereby enhancing functional strength training, daily activities, and reducing risk of injury.

Coach Stacy

As a dance educator, performer, and choreographer, Stacy Medina holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the University of Illinois. In 2003, Stacy became a Certified Power Pilates Instructor, teaching the therapeutic effects of Pilates to a varied population who sought to improve their health and quality of life through movement. In an effort to fuse her background in dance and Pilates, Stacy earned a Masters in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Rush University with an emphasis on holistic lifestyle management. Stacy is also a certified Children's Yoga Teacher (Global Family Yoga) and an Anxious to Awesome (TM) Certified Facilitator.

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