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Healthy Happenings July 2010

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ABsolute Pilates - Christine LanierABsolute PILATES
300 S Main Lower Level
Moab, UT 84532

Christine Lanier
proprietor & instructor

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What the heck IS Pilates and how do you pronounce it?
Puh-LAH-teez, also known as “The Method” is synonymous with CORE STRENGTH. Joseph Pilates developed this system of exercise to overcome physical weakness from an early childhood illness. He studied the human body, particularly babies (and also cats!) to create a series of exercises to enhance the body.

In World War I, Joe helped to rehabilitate soldiers using hospital springs which lead to the invention of the Pilates apparatus. Pilates is still regarded as a very effective physical therapy tool and is continuing to gain recognition in the medical world.

Most notably, Joseph Pilates and his wife Clara taught dancers in his New York City studio. He called his system of exercise “Contrology”. Control, Concentration, Coordination, Fluidity, Precision, and Breath are the fundamental principles of The Pilates Method.

How do you DO Pilates and what are the Benefits?
Pilates is best known in Floor Work with a mat and your body as the tools. Equipment, such as Reformers and Chairs, aides in body alignment and movement to make the exercises more accessible and fun to perform.
Building abdominal strength improves spinal support to improve posture and functionality so a person not only feels better but looks better.
Our brains are exercised as well as our muscles improving memory, clarity, neurotransmitter function, and an overall sense of well-being and awareness.
So Pilates will not only make you stronger and less stressed, but Pilates also makes you SMARTER!

Is Pilates good for weight loss?
Pilates is good for everything! The more muscle you have, the better your metabolism and Pilates builds lean muscle.
Cardio, however, is the quickest and most efficient way to lose weight.
At ABsolute PILATES, we have MANY cardio classes using the Pilates Principles. Using the principles can reduce the risk of injury and allow the body to perform better and gain the benefits holistically.

We are very proud to offer nationally recognized and trademarked programs such as BOSU, GLIDING and PILOXING. Fully licensed and certified, it is an honor to provide these classes in our little ol’ town of Moab.


BOSU stands for “Both Sides Utilized”. It’s the fitness dome that is half Step and half Stability Ball. It is similar to Step class with an extra kick. Because the dome is an unstable surface, balance and core strength are challenged with every move.

GLIDING uses discs that look like Frisbees to work every muscle every way. Traditional exercises like squats and lunges are explored deeply as you control your body while on the gliders. It’s especially fun because it is continuous fluid movement. We skate, ski, slide and glide!

PILOXING is perhaps the newest of all fitness phenomenons. It is a hybrid of Cardio Boxing, fun Dance Moves, and standing Pilates Exercises. We jab, hook, elbow-kiss, and shuffle our way to be SLEEK, SEXY, and POWERFUL! ABsolute PILATES is one of the first studios WORLDWIDE to offer PILOXING.

Cloe HeddenABsolute Pilates offers Yoga to round out our fitness and wellness program. Our current independent teashers are:

Chloe Hedden (Siri Sundri Kaur) has been practicing yoga for over ten years. Sharing ancient techniques for health and healing inspires her teaching. She is a KRI Certified Kundalini yoga teacher through Golden Bridge in Los Angeles where she studied with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. She is also certified in Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga and Mommy and Me Yoga from Golden Bridge. She traveled to Rishikesh, India for her training and wants to share her passion for yoga with the world.

Angela HoughtonAngela Houghton began her study of Anusara yoga with Christine Lanier in 2002. In 2005, she expanded her practice to include the study of teaching yoga. Angela has completed an Anusara Immersion, Level 1 Teacher Training, and a Therapeutics Training. Angela has found her yoga practice to compliment the many adventure sports we do in Moab. She offers her experience to the Moab community and visitors with entusiasm and an open heart.
Angela is grateful to her students & teachers for the opportunity to learn more in the practice of yoga. Join Angela in a heart centered practice with an emphasis on alignment & the movement of the breath.

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