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Pilates with Vicki Ratzlaff

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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This class is for faculty and staff. More details and registration information can be found here. Once you register for the term, we'll add you to the 2020 Summer Fitness Classes Google calendar where you'll be able to access the links to the classes. 

Learn how to move with confidence and control in any environment, limiting the possibility of injuries. People at many levels of fitness who take Pilates say they've seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, and abdominal strength, and decreases in back, neck and joint pain. You will develop a heightened awareness and connection of your trunk muscles to strengthen the core to its maximum potential. Learn how you can take these exercises outside the studio and use them as "functional movements for an active life-style." Pilates is doable for all ages, gentle but also challenging to your level!

Vicki has been in the fitness instruction profession for over 18 years in the Portland area. She started with step aerobic programs, added stationary cycling, personal trainer programs, dance programs, and yoga. Vicki completed her pilates full studio training certification in 2005 through Momentum Studios of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the owner of Sellwood Pilates Studio.

Joseph Pilates developed his method of physical and mental conditioning utilizing a series of mat exercises to dramatically improve strength, flexibility, coordination, posture, and muscle tone. Pilates is more than just an exercise program; it is a system that works the mind and body together. It is the original “core training” method. In Pilates, your body’s center, or core, is referred to as the “Powerhouse," and includes all of your abdominal, back, and buttocks muscles, and inner and outer thighs. It teaches a comprehensive way of body conditioning that integrates the upper and lower musculature, building a balanced body and deeply strong core. Adaptable to any level of fitness, age, or physical ability, it challenges and supports students through a systematic and progressive system of exercises, creating whole body strength and vitality. The benefits of a consistent Pilates practice will stay with you for a lifetime. Regardless of your physical ability, the Pilates method will provide you with tangible results: deep core strength, long and lean muscular toning, back pain relief, injury prevention, improved posture, increased stamina and energy, flexibility and mobility, long term functionality.

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