Here we are in the full on Holiday season. While it should be about time with people we love and enjoying the magic, it comes with an enormous amount of stress and an endless list of things to get done. What should you be doing to make it through in the best shape possible?
Amy Alexander, the owner of Metamorphosis Pilates &
Bodywork, was led through her own health and wellness journey to become a
personal trainer in 2007. Pilates came in 2012 when the gym she worked at
offered a Peak Pilates training. By the time she finished her Level I
instructor training three months later, Pilates had changed her body and she
was seeing the changes in her clients. Amy’s background prior to Pilates
included a regimen of weight training. She’d competed in bench press
competitions as an adult and threw shotput and played soccer at a younger age.
All of that resulted in muscular imbalances that caused tightness and some
pain. Pilates helped her to get stronger in all the right places, attain more
balance in her body, to improve her posture, and to have less pain and
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei), which means “Universal Life”, and (Ki), which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life energy force.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress, plus it can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing. It is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.
Romana Kryzanowska, one of the elders trained by Joseph Pilates, described Pilates as Stretch with Strength and Control. Pilates is strength training, using the body and spring based equipment to get you strong all over, with an emphasis on the Powerhouse – the hips to the shoulders. It is movement therapy, teaching the brain and body to work more functionally together. Pilates will improve your neuromuscular connections (how the brain talks to the body). It will help to improve your balance and your body awareness – meaning knowing where you are in space and what your body is doing. Studies have shown that regular Pilates slows the progression of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s.
Metamorphosis Pilates & Bodywork, Inc opened April 23, 2018 in a temporary space at 268 Main Street in East Aurora. Memorial Day weekend was when sessions moved into the full studio. The studio is meant to be a space that feels private and calm, so that you can step out of your hectic life and focus on you. You will head back into your day recharged, feeling better for the time you carved out to take care of you.
To ensure smooth sailing in the studio, our private and duo sessions include time for cleanup, scheduling, payment, etc. Hour sessions are generally 50 minutes of work, half hour sessions are generally 25 minutes of work. You will be asked to remove your shoes upon entering the studio. That ensures a more sanitary environment for our clients who may be barefoot.