Aloha and welcome! We bring our true Hawaiian Aloha to every session we offer.
Aloha and welcome! We bring our true Hawaiian Aloha to every session we offer.
At Blossoming Lotus Gyrotonic, we are also highly trained STOTT PILATES® (Contemporary Pilates) instructors. We owned and operated the number one Pilates studio on the Big Island of Hawaii for 15 years, prior to moving to Southern California. We are trained and certified on all apparatus and all levels, including Stott's exclusive Rehab program. We say "Conscious" because we offer you the opportunity to create a conscious embodied experience through movement vs just "going thru the motions." The more conscious your focus, the greater yield the benefits will be.
Private, Duet Private, and Quad Pilates lessons are available.
With sessions at Blossoming Lotus Gyrotonic (& Pilates), you get the best of both worlds! Most of our clients enjoy sessions of both Pilates and Gyrotonic exercise as both systems compliment each other beautifully.
Proudly serving the communities of Claremont, Upland, La Verne, Rancho, Ontario and beyond.
Our Pilates Studio features:
"I work in the hospitality industry. Several years ago I hurt my back at work. I saw the doctor, received medication for the pain, and was sent to physical therapy. Yet my back pain still persisted pretty severely. Now I am doing Pilates. In the first month of Pilates lessons with Laura and Steve my back pain decreased to where it was hardly noticeable. The "tools" you've taught me have literally saved my life. I cannot believe the difference this has made in the quality of my life. Thank you!" -- Pamela D.
"Dear Laura and Steve, We have discussed the fact that I was diagnosed with osteopenia (at the far end of the mid-zone between normal bone strength and osteoporosis) a little over three years ago. This condition was not really surprising as it is common, especially in small-boned, petite, and post-menopausal women. My physician at the time prescribed Actonel, a bone-strengthening prescription medication, increased calcium supplements, and regular physical exercise. He specifically prescribed walking as a physical exercise and commented that Pilates would not suffice referring to it as a "stretching" exercise. Obviously, he has never taken Pilates. For three years I took the medication religiously, the calcium not so religiously, and added an extra day of Pilates so that I was regularly participating in Pilates or GYROKINESIS classes three times a week. A recent comparative bone density scan showed that I have regained bone density within a few percentage points from "normal" and can discontinue the bone medication while maintaining the calcium intake and physical exercise. Of course, if the bone density again deteriorates, I can resume the medication for a while but it at least gives the physical body a break from the potential side effects of the medication. Although I began Pilates to maintain strength and flexibility before the osteopenia diagnosis, I consider this good news as yet another benefit of Pilates and wanted to relate to you what is essentially a continuing success story. Thanks for these good years and I look forward to many more." --Barbara H.
1. Your instructor can find the cause of most of your body aches.
The first time you meet with your soon-to-be instructor, they will perform a quick postural analysis on your body. This involves them using their anatomical knowledge and training to find weaknesses and tightness in your body that you may attribute to sleeping wrong, sitting all day, etc. In five minutes I found out my left hip was higher, my right hip was rotated backward and my knees were hyperextended. Who would have thought?
2. You'll be doing exercises based on your body's needs.
Following your postural analysis, your trainer will build a program designed specifically to focus on those areas where your body is currently lacking. But the best part? Every exercise helps the entire body, so you're not only treating the problems but strengthening and toning the rest of your body as well.
3. Body awareness is the best possible thing to learn.
Stott Pilates is centered around five basic principles: breathing, head and cervical placement, scapular stabilization, ribcage placement and pelvic placement. These are at the core of every movement and ensure that your body is getting the most out of each exercise. Eventually, you'll be able to feel the parts of your body that may be out of alignment. The principles help you to focus your body, so it moves altogether and rebuilds any muscle weakness. It also comes in handy for things such as meditation, doing other forms of exercise or reaching a certain goal with your Pilates.
4. You'll be sore in places you never even knew you had.
Pilates is not a form of exercise where you profusely sweat or do anything crazy like flipping tires. It's based on using your body awareness to perform small movements, and trust me, those movements are very effective. You may not think you did much in class until you wake up the next day and you're sore in places you've never ever been sore before. The kicker? A lot of the muscles worked in Pilates are deep muscles that aid in stabilizing the body -- another reason you've probably never been sore there before.
5. It's one of the most gentle and beneficial strengthening workouts you can do.
Since it's based on the idea of restoring the body's natural curvatures and building up the muscles around your joints, it happens to be a popular choice among health professionals. Exercises focus on helping you become lean and toned, but also ensure that you're taking care of your body. The restorative exercises can help with injuries or bad posture, but also can be used in sport-specific strength and agility training. Because of our understanding of the body and the biomechanics behind the workout, Stott Pilates can be performed and adapted by any body type or ability.
Stott Pilates Reformer with Cardio Trampoline is soooo much fun!
Pilates is a series of exercises and apparatus (special equipment) developed by Joseph Pilates, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, core strength and balance in the body.
Pilates is performed on the floor with a mat (matwork) or on specific equipment - more specifically referred to as "apparatus" (Reformer, Cadillac/Tower, Chair, Barrels).
STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original exercises pioneered by Joseph Pilates. STOTT PILATES® includes modern principals of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, Fascial Fitness, Functional Fitness, Spinal Rehabilitation, and Bio mechanical research. This makes Stott Pilates one of the safest and most effective methods available and is often referred to as the 'Ivy league' of Pilates instruction.
In Pilates matwork you are using your own body weight as resistance and doing all the work to stabilize and support your body. This can actually be more difficult especially for a beginner. (Pilates matwork is offered by Laura in her Zoom online classes.)
When using the equipment, pulleys and springs create resistance and can also help to support and stabilize your body. The equipment can put the body in a non-weight bearing position, taking stress and pressure off the joints while stretching and strengthening the body. The equipment gives more emphasis to strengthening the outer limbs as well as the core. It is ideal to do both mat and equipment exercises in your Pilates workout.
Pilates can be very effective at reducing (or eliminating) back pain as it addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body that lead to back pain. Lack of core support, pelvic instability, muscular imbalances, poor posture and lack of body awareness can all have an effect on your back.
Back pain is the number one reason clients seek our help with Pilates. We'll teach you how to properly engage your core so that you can use those skills in your daily life!
Pilates is a form of strength training. All Pilates equipment utilizes resistance training. However, the big difference between Pilates and regular strength training is that during a Pilates session we are working on the mind-body connection and educating the body to move more efficiently (neuro-muscular re-education). We emphasis breath, core activation, pelvic/low back stabilization, shoulder placement, neck placement, coordination, balance and control. Pilates focuses on strength PLUS flexibility, core stabilization and balancing the muscles of the body. Working with spring resistance enables you to work more on the eccentric contraction (lengthening action) of your muscle (where strength is built). Working with spring resistance is less aggressive to the body, with less stress on the joints and is particularly good for post rehabilitation. Pilates can be a great compliment to any other exercise regime including traditional weight training.
Private Pilates sessions are the most effective way to focus on your own unique needs. The workouts are tailored to fit you and your specific goals. If you have injuries or medical concerns (or you're new to this method of exercise) it's best to begin with private training.
Many studios offer group Pilates classes of up to 12 students in a class. While these group classes can be an affordable way to add Pilates into your fitness routine, the system was never designed for group work. No matter how great an instructor is, there is simply no way to teach or correct improper technique in a group.
We offer Duet lessons in Pilates. The cost savings is huge, yet you won't sacrifice quality under our watchful care.
Whether you choose Private or Duet Lessons, each session covers a full body workout utilizing the reformer, jump board/cardio trampolines, wall towers/half Cadillacs, chair and small equipment such as stability cushions and foam rollers.
Yoga, Stott Pilates and GYROTONIC exercise are all amazing systems in their own right.
These systems have unique benefits and focus on different aspects of movement and fitness.
We believe that everyone can benefit from all of these amazing systems (just as we have).
Blossoming Lotus GYROTONIC® (& Pilates)
445 W. Foothill Blvd, Suite 106, Claremont CA 91711
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