January 2018 Newsletter

10941 Raven Ridge Road, Suite 113 Raleigh, North Carolina 27614

Stabilize News - January 2018

Happy New Year to all of you from all of us at Stabilize Studios!
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Upcoming Events


  • Want to sparkle in 2018?  Let Syntheia flare your hair with Fairy Hair!  She will be in the studio on Wednesday, 1/17/18.  Time slots are between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.  Appointment fill quickly so sign up as soon as possible.  Syntheia's upcoming Fairy Hair date is 2/7.
  • Holiday party! We have a lot to celebrate! It's a New Year, say goodbye to 2017 with us!  It's our 2nd Anniversary...wow that went by fast!  We have amazing clients!!  This year we will host brunch and a white elephant gift exchange on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:30am-12:30pm.  Please limit your white elephant gift to $15.  Feel free to re-gift something, too!  It's all in good fun!
  • The Franklin Method Peanuts and books are in!  We have 8 left with the book, so please let me know if you want a set.  The set is $40, peanut by itself is $30, and the book by itself is $16.  Taxes and shipping are included.
  • We are now using a new scheduling software.  Thank you for your patience during this time during the transition and also for helping us work through the bugs. If you experience any issues, please let us know as soon as possible, so we can fix it.
  • We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to our clients with January birthdays! If you are not on this list and should be, we either do not have your birthday in our files or it was inadvertently set to 1/1 by default.  Please let us know so we can remember you next time.
Abby Delotto 1/1
David Jessen 1/13
Catherine Clement 1/15
Greta Schiffman 1/20

New Classes in 2018!

We are offering new classes to help you achieve your goals for 2018!  Feel free to pass this along to friends and family.  If you would us to add a class that isn't currently on our schedule, please let us know and we can create what you want.

1. 8-week Beginner Mat on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00pm to 12:45pm.  This is a great class for anyone new to Pilates who wants an enjoyable , full-body workout at a slower pace.  We will work on strength and flexibility, while challenging the core muscles.  Mat is a safe, low-impact way to tone the body.  Special price for 16, 45-minutes mat classes: $150.  We start on January 2! 

2.  8-week Beginner Reformer on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 12:45pm.  We will take you through the basic reformer exercises and get you acquainted with the Pilates reformer in this 8-week session.  This total body workout will leave you feeling stronger, more flexible and standing with improved body alignment. Special price for 16, 45-minute equipment classes: $420. We start on January 8!

3. Beginner Reformer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm.  This class will be an on-going class, so we'll be able to delve deeper into the beginner reformer exercises.  If you're new to Pilates or haven't done it in a long time, this class is for you!  Get a total body workout with an emphasis on initiating movement with the breath and proper core engagement.  Space is limited!

Know Your Anatomy

From The bottom up!  Fantastical Feet!
How much do you really know about your feet?  I mean really??...other than the fact that you stand on them and have an unconscious expectation that they should work without issue, how much do you know?
If you’ve been hanging out with me, you should know at the minimum that they are important to pay attention to.   
Structure wise, the foot is made up of 26 bones, not including the ankle.  Those bones provide two main functions: stability and flexibility.  Sounds sort of like a contradiction right?
So now you’re like whaaat?   Exactly!   How do you stand still and walk using the same structure with all of those bones and joints?  You should be in awe of your feet because they are amazing.
Between the bones, joints and muscles all coming together to carry your body weight forward and support your body weight while standing still, your feet also absorb force and act as a source of sensory input.
Why do you even have feet….the answers would seem obvious right?  So I can stand…….but is that the only reason?……Nope!!
Your feet provide foundation, act as a propulsive lever, give you balance through adaptation to the ground, act as an elastic rebounder to handle force/shock absorption and they sense your surroundings.   Feet are pretty cool if you think about it!
Start noticing what your feet do when standing.  Do they fall into the arches?  Do they roll out to the outside lines of the feet?  Is your arch flat or raised?  How much flexibility do you have in your feet?  Not your ankle…don’t cheat.   Flex and extend your toes.  Can you pick things up with your toes?  Can you separate your toes and tap them on the floor with control and individually?  Try it!
Put your hands on your feet and try to locate the joints….look at our model of the foot in the picture above.  Go for a walk and think about your foot in different ways.   
1.  How does it function as a base? How does it absorb forces, shear and vertical?
2.  As a force absorber, where does your energy go? How are the forces distributed through the foot?
3.  Think about your foot as a propulsive lever, feel the connection between one foot and the other and how it moves you forward connecting to the other muscles in your leg.
4.  How do your feet help with your balance as you move?  Walking on smooth surfaces vs. uneven ground?
5.  Walk barefoot and see how your foot feels and what your foot feels.  Temperature, texture, etc.

Charity of the Month: Note in the Pocket

Note in the Pocket works with the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) social workers and case managers from 12 other agencies (including Family Promise of Wake County–formerly Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network, Salvation Army, The Carying Place, and Communities in Schools) that serve the homeless and impoverished.

In 2016, Note in the Pocket provided clothing packages for over 3400 children throughout all twelve cities and towns in Wake County. Future plans include increasing community support through high quality, school appropriate clothing donations, volunteer manpower and funding to support the operation and growth of the program. Note in the Pocket is also working toward building a clothing distribution model that can eventually be replicated in other counties in North Carolina and perhaps one day, nationally.

This year, there is immediate need for:
  • Boys Sneaker sizes: 5, 5.5, 7, 7.5
  • Boys Coats: sizes 14-18
  • Men's Coats: size small (for teenagers)
  • Boys long sleeve graphic t-shirts: sizes 8-14
  • Girls long sleeve graphic t-shirts: sizes 12 and 16
  • Boys and Girls 3T tops
Note in the Pockets accepts adult sizes for teenagers.  If your children or grandchildren have outgrown any of the above items, or if you have a coat you no longer want, please drop off items at the studio.  We will have a collection box available the entire month of January.

Read more about Note in the Pocket!
 Pilates Trivia Corner

In what decade was Pilates created?
Stay tuned next month for the answer!

Last month's question and answer:
Pilates wasn't always called Pilates...do you know what it was first named?
Answer: Contrology

 Coconut Oil - The Friendly Fat 

Give your metabolism a boost by adding coconut oil to your diet.  This friendly fat contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) to help you boost ketones, which in turn, are converted by your liver into fuel.  MCTs are thermogenic and used by your body immediately because they don't need to be broken down first, like most other fats.  Coconut oil makes you feel full longer, lose weight (especially dangerous belly fat), boosts thyroid function, and improves cholesterol. By adding coconut oil to your daily nutrition plan, you will also strengthen your immune system and sharpen your mental focus and concentration!  Make sure to buy a cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil and start out with only a teaspoon.  Too much, too soon will have you running for the bathroom!

Coconut oil can be used in a variety of recipes...try some in your coffee/tea or fry your eggs in it and you'll supercharge your metabolism.

A Little Pilates History

Pilates has exploded globally over the last 20 years.  It was created by Joseph Pilates and was designed to strengthen and lengthen the body with a focus on breathing patterns.  Pilates benefits every body from the professional athlete to people in need of physical rehabilitation.  This exercise phenomenon is widely popular with our aging population because of the trend towards mindfulness and the feeling of rejuvenation without sweating buckets.

It is vital that clients seek comprehensively trained instructors in order to reach full potential.  The PMA is the only independent measure of competency for Pilates teachers around the world.

Click here to read more about the history of Pilates.

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