Client Newsletter – August 2016

newsletterNote: there will be no 10:30 am Group Reformer or 7 pm Group reformer classes on Labor day.


We are adding another Pilates Circuit class Thursday evening 7:00 pm starting September 8th.

Here is a little bit of info about a Pilates circuit class at Bodycenter:

A wonderful use of a variety of equipment to keep you wanting more-mat work, reformer work, springs, balls, BOSUs. Move at a nice pace between the props to keep the blood flowing. Recommended: One group reformer Series.


Yamuna Body Rolling Save Your Hips Workshop
September 17th, 12:00-2:00, $50
Location: Burien at the Highline Athletic Club location

Yamuna Body Rolling Leg, Knee, Hip Workshop
October 8th, 12:00-2:00, $50
Location: Fremont Bodycenter Studios

Intro to Family Mediation for LIfe’s Big Transitions
Two times to choose from: September 12th at 12:00 or September 17th at 10:30, FREE

Click here to register online

A Little About Mediation:

Mediation may just be what your family needs to help you through life’s difficult conversations and decisions. This one hour informal talk will introduce you to family mediation and how to use it in all stages of life. Stabilize relationships while navigating difficult transitions like growing up, divorcing and aging.

To sign up: email Nora at

Interview with Bodycenter Client, Laura A Knapp

How long have you been doing Pilates?
About four – five years.

How did you find out about Pilates?
I tried Pilates in my 30s without the reformer. I couldn’t identify my muscles, so I didn’t continue. That’s why when I started again, I insisted on using the reformer. The reformer helps me better identify my muscles so I can strengthen them.

I am a singer, and so when I read a book by Renee Fleming “The Inner Voice,” Ms. Fleming talked about Pilates as a sensible exercise. I admire Ms. Fleming, so that lit the fire in my later years.

Can you describe how Pilates helped your individual situation, injury or overall fitness goals?
When I started four years ago, I was getting over a broken foot. I had problems with my left ankle/foot since I severely sprained the ankle in the early 1990s. Any time I would try to walk a distance, I would roll the ankle. I stopped walking as exercise, because I fell over once on a long walk and no one stopped to help me. That frightened me. After two years, I strengthened the ankle and started doing significant walks. I rolled the ankle once, but got right back on the machine and strengthened it.

In December 2015, my doctors discovered a congenital heart problem. I had to have open-heart surgery immediately. So I did. Please keep in mind that most cardiac patients are older than me, so age is on my side. But I was able to stand and pivot while in the recovery room. I never needed help to get to the bathroom. And I figured out how to get out of bed (this is a big challenge, because of the incision). I wrapped my feet around under the bed and pulled myself up the second day. This movement was included in my Pilates exercises. I just imagined myself on a reformer.

I was in cardiac rehab three weeks after the surgery. I can walk over five miles (including stairs and hills). I have returned to Pilates after four months to strengthen my chest muscles.

What is your favorite exercise, favorite piece of equipment, or favorite thing about Pilates?
The reformer and the Styrofoam roller. I love Pilates because while I’m exercising, I’m also meditating. It rejuvenates me mentally and physically. It’s also an exercise I can share with my daughter, the gymnast.

Do you have any advice for people that may be in a similar situation and are interested in doing Pilates?
Just keep showing up.