The FELDENKRAIS METHOD teaches -- through movement -- how we can improve our capabilities
to function in our daily lives.

The AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT (ATM) lessons are taught at Personally Fit in a small group setting. In these lessons, the students are guided through a sequence of movements: sitting or lying on the floor, standing or sitting in a chair. During these lessons, students engage in precisely structured movement explorations that involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Many are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities. Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. There are hundreds of ATM lessons contained in the FELDENKRAIS METHOD that vary from simple in structure and physical demand to more difficult and challenging lessons.

In learning the FELDENKRAIS METHOD, you discover how to do the movements and appreciate the quality of changes in your body. You learn to relax and to abandon negative habitual patterns. Through the subtle ATM movements, you develop awareness, flexibility and coordination. You experience relaxation and a sense of release.

The Pilates Method is not just a series of exercises but a complete approach to developing body awareness and improved physical function in day to day life. It's system is exercise-based and aims to develop the body's "center" (abdominals and back) in order to create a stable core for all types of movement. Through the process of regular classes or reformer work, the body structure realigns and a balance is achieved within the muscular-skeletal system. The goal is to enable the body to move with maximum efficiency and minimum effort. It is a gentle, but focused exercise with the potential to become aerobic in its advanced form. Pilates tones, stretches and mobilizes and is often used to rehabilitate injuries, making it popular with athletes, dancers and anyone who wants to develop their individual physique and physical potential. Pilates is an all-encompassing mind, body and spirit exercise - a "whole approach" philosophy that is often shared with other techniques such as yoga and Feldenkrais.

Both one-on-one reformer and matwork sessions are available at Personally Fit by appointment. Additionally, small group Matwork classes at beginner levels are scheduled weekly. Advanced classes are by appointment only.

Yoga is not just a fitness regimen, it is a philosophy which evolved out of ancient India over 5,000 years ago. Hatha Yoga is the most popular form of Yoga that Americans practice and is regularly taught at Personally Fit. It involves the practice of asana-physical poses, and pranayama-breathing techniques to create a state of optimal physical and mental fitness and health. The discipline of Hatha Yoga can be taught in gentle or more intense fashion. Regardless of the style in which it is practiced, Yoga can provide many benefits: improved flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, and peace of mind.