YOGA - PILATES - SPINNING - MASSAGE THERAPY Wellness Connections opened in 2003 to provide serenity, health and well-being through the following services:
YOGA- Yoga classes are highly varied and focused on different aspects of the yogic tradition. There is a strong emphasis on physical engagement, understanding of correct anatomical movement, and various relaxation techniques. Yoga is a set sequence of poses, held for a specific length of time while practicing deep breathing techniques (ujjayi breathe). Expect to build heat, move fluidly from pose to pose and create a moving meditation on the mat.
PILATES - "I did Pilates every day this summer. I move differently. It really has changed my life." Oprah (9/27/04 PEOPLE). Developed from the techniques of Joseph Pilates, Pilates concentrates on core conditioning by working through the body's abdomen and spine to increase strength, endurance and flexibility. Unlike many types of resistance training, Pilates doesn't build bulky muscles. Instead, it lengthens and strengthens muscles, and focuses on developing a strong torso. Professional dancers have used Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility and injury prevention. Hollywood celebrities and supermodels use it to maintain beautiful physiques. Joseph Pilates' promise is, "You'll feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20, and have a new body in 30."
PILATES REFORMER - Pilates Reformer is strength training performed on a Stretch Rock Maple Studio Reformer. With its sophisticated system of springs, straps and pulleys, more than 100 resistance exercises can be performed on this surprisingly versatile piece of equipment. The Reformer helps you establish core stability and postural alignment while working your limbs in a range of motion. The adjustable springs allow for progressive resistance, which helps to lengthen and strengthen the muscles rather than build bulk. It allows for an effective, no-impact stretching and toning workout that is friendly to the joints. Pilates Reformer is so unique that it cannot be simulated by any other piece of equipment in the gym. It is different from anything you have ever tried before and can completely change the shape of your body because you are working every piece of each muscle group while maintaining core control.
PILATES FOR GOLF - Pilates for Golf is about achieving advanced muscular core strength and golf flexibility. The participating golfer will receive a customized golf conditioning program based on combined principles of functional movement and traditional Pilates techniques. With Pilates' advanced core strength, the practicing golfer will be able to perform the athletic golf swing more consistently, avoid injury and be able to enjoy the game for many years at a higher level. Please call and schedule your body assessment test.
UNIQUE BOUTIQUE - The search is over for the hard to find pilates/yoga workout clothes! We carry prana, hardtail, alternative and more. Also available are fun 'after workout' clothes and accessories. Other popular items are Trapp garden candles, Sweaty Bands, and Contemporary jewelry.
MASSAGE THERAPY - Massage therapy has become an important part of general health care for many people living in today's stressful world. Traditional healthcare systems throughout the world recognize that therapeutic massage can play an important role in treating illness or chronic ailments as well as contribute to a higher sense of general well-being.
THAI YOGA MASSAGE - Thai Yoga Massage is a combination of therapeutic stretching, joint mobilization, soft tissue manipulation, rhythmic rocking, acupressure and energy balancing with assisted Yoga postures. The client remains fully clothed while the therapist uses her hands, arms, feet and knees to gently release tension and increase flexibility. The result is an amazing awareness of relaxation and energy that flows through the body, mind and spirit.
SPINNING - Spinning is an aerobic exercise that takes place on a specially designed stationary bike. With motivating music, an instructor leads you through a visualization of an outdoor cycling workout. The terrain is determined by turning the knob to adjust a 40 pound flywheel. This keeps the workout within the individual rider's own fitness level. Spinning beats nearly every other cardio program ever created! If you are looking to burn calories, nothing compares to a Spinning workout. Think about this: a typical Spinning class will get you burning as much as 600 calories in just 40 minutes. If you take regular Spinning classes or are an avid cyclist, Pilates and/or Yoga can help balance your training and your muscle tone.
For the best results, add two or more Pilates or Yoga sessions to your weekly fitness routine. The combination of the three will also teach you more effective lateral breathing while cycling. This can make your workout more effective with full use of oxygenated blood, with the bonus of creating a stronger core.