JUST ADDED: Intensive Reformer near Toledo, OH this FALL

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Due to the high demand of our Summer/Fall Intensive Reformer course at Equilibrium, we are offering another course in Perrysburg, Ohio at Essence Mind-Body Studio. This beautiful studio is conveniently located close to Toledo, less than 90 miles from our Bloomfield Hills studio.

If you’ve been interested in reformer training and live close to Toledo, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn from our experience STOTT Instructor Trainers in a location closer to home.

See the dates and times below. Spaces are limited so please contact Diana at diana@essencembs.com or call the studio at 419.873.6463 to reserve a spot today!

  • September 19: 4:30-9:30pm, September 20: 10-4:30pm, September 21: 10-4:30pm
  • October 17: 4:30-9:30pm, October 18: 10-4:30pm, October 19: 10-4:30pm
  • December 5: 4:30-9:30, December 6: 10-4:30pm, December 7: 10-4:30pm

 COST: $1700 + materials

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“Equilibrium changed my life…” A testimonial from Andrea Schins

Dear Nancy,

I wanted to write you a note to say thank you for the wonderful services that are provided at Equilibrium and to let you know how much I value the great instructors I have worked with.

In July of 2011, I was diagnosed with grade II spondylolisthesis of my 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra in the spine slips out of proper position onto the bone below it, most often due to a fracture in the vertebra.  In my case, I had a fracture in my 4th lumbar vertebra causing it to slip forward over my 5th lumbar vertebra.  I have no idea what caused this fracture.  Commonly they are caused by a congenital weakness in the bone.  Nor do I know how long I had this condition prior to being diagnosed.  It is not uncommon for this condition to be asymptomatic for a long time before the pressure on the spinal nerves becomes enough that it causes pain.  In my case, I went to bed one night feeling fine and woke up the next morning with severe lower back pain and sciatic pain radiating down my left leg.  Additionally, by the time I had a MRI and was diagnosed, my condition had already progressed so that I had no disc left between the two bones.  Therefore, my vertebrae were bone on bone, adding to the challenge of managing the condition and addressing the pain.  To say that this diagnoses negatively impacted my daily activities is an understatement.  I have always been very active (running, weight lifting, skiing, golf) person and now I was unable to do many of the activities I enjoyed due to pain.  At that time, my son was only 3 years old and I was unable to run after him and play as I much as I was used to because of the pain.  My doctor and I opted to treat this condition conservatively which involved a series of steroid injections, daily pain medications and exercise.  My goal was to postpone the need for a spinal fusion surgery.  Spinal fusion surgery is a big procedure with a very prolonged recovery time typically.  I was told to stop doing high level aerobic activity and to strengthen my core.  I spent the next few months doing a lot of walking and following a body weight training program at home.  While this treatment helped, I had to take pain medications multiple times a day in order to keep the pain levels down.

Fast forward to 2012.  My husband and I relocated back to Michigan.  I was in a position to work part time from home and decided that I needed to focus on my health, addressing my back condition and the pain I was experiencing.  I started coming to Equilibrium in October 2012 and I am very comfortable in saying it has changed my life J  I have felt welcomed from the moment I first walked into the studio.  I started taking group exercise classes and also taking a private Pilates lesson once a week.  Every instructor I worked with was helpful in assisting me in modifying exercises so that I did not cause additional injury to my back.  Over my first few months of coming, I started to feel better.  I could tell that I was getting stronger and that my flexibility was slowly increasing.  Most importantly, I was able to significantly decrease that amount of pain medication I was taking.  Prior to starting Pilates, I was taking pain medication multiple times a day.  After a few months, I was able to only need pain medication once a day and frequently I was able to not need any pain meds at all.  This was just huge for me!

This success continued until early this year.  In February, I started to experience a significant increase in lower back pain as well as numbness and tingling down both legs.  My MRI showed that my ‘slip’ had progressed and was now causing more pressure on my spinal nerves.  Bottom line, I was now heading to surgery.  While this was the only option I had left, I was very nervous.  While I was waiting for surgery, I let my instructors know what was happening.  Again, everyone was great at helping me modify exercises as needed so that I could continue to come to Pilates and participate.  Coming to class was a stress relief for me and it helped me address the pain I was having.  I also wanted to make sure that I could keep up my strength and flexibility, to the best of my ability, prior to surgery.

I had a L4-L5 spinal fusion surgery on April 24th.  I was expecting a prolonged and challenging recovery period as that is what I was told is typical.  I am very happy to report that my recovery has been the complete opposite!  I immediately started a daily walking program, progressing from 2 miles a day at 4 days post op to 5 miles a day by my 6 week checkup.  My doctor was astounded at my progress.  He felt that the strength and flexibility I had gained from Pilates was a reason why I was doing so well and he cleared me to start back at Pilates, very slowly increasing my activities over the next several weeks.  He said I was doing so well that I did not need physical therapy and that I could use my Pilates classes as PT.  On my way home from that doctors appointment, I stopped at Equilibrium and got on the schedule to start with some private Pilates classesJ  It has now been 12 weeks since my surgery.  I have slowly progressed in my classes and am now almost up to the activity level I was at prior to surgery.  Every instructor I have worked with has been great at helping me modify exercises so that I can participate in the activities.  While I will always need to modify certain exercises due to my spinal mobility, I am very confident that I will be up to full strength over the next few weeks and I am looking forward to continued improvement over the next several months. My pain is almost totally gone.  I still have some stiffness and tenderness right at the surgical site and occasionally, I still get some nerve pain in my left leg.  The doctor said this should continue to improve over the next few months as the nerves slowly heal.  However, I can now control my pain by taking a Tylenol and many days I need no pain medication at all.

I firmly believe that the strength and flexibility I have gained in Pilates is the main reason why my recovery has been so strong.  I am just thrilled with my progress and can’t emphasize enough how much I appreciate the quality of classes and instructors that are provided at Equilibrium.  A very special thanks goes to Jen, Amy P., Liz and Kristin.  Without those ladies, I don’t think I would have progressed as far as quickly.  Thanks so much for all that you offer!

~Andrea Schins

Andrea on the Cadillac during a private post surgery.

Andrea on the Cadillac during a private pilates session post surgery.

Upcoming Workshops…For ALL Fitness Professionals

Ready to take your training and instruction to the next level?

Take our upcoming workshops this September and October!

Regardless of your area of fitness, you will benefit from these 2 hour sessions with Master trainers. Earn CECs for many organizations including STOTT and ACE.

Lead Instructor Trainer for Stott Pilates and a professor of Physical Therapy, KIM DUNLEAVY returns to Michigan for TWO days ONLY

Kim Dunleavy

Saturday, September 6th: 

11-1pm Stabilization Principles
1:30-3:30 pm Secret to Strong Back
4-6pm Programming for Osteoporosis Management

Sunday, September 7th:

8:30-10:30am Postural Analysis & Application to Pilates Exercise
10:30-12:30pm Knee Stability & Function
1-3pm Prenatal Pilates w/ Stability Ball & Flex Band

*Each workshop is $100 and earns 0.2 CECs. If you purchase all 3 workshops in a day, you will receive a 10% discount and pay $270.*

Offered only a couple times a year: Workshops in Ann Arbor at MOVE Wellness with STOTT Instructor Trainer, AIMEE MCDONALD-ANDERSON

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Saturday, October 11th

11a-1pm Matwork Toning Ball Workshop
1:30-3:30pm Athletic Conditioning on the Cardio Tramp
4-6pm Reformer and Padded Platform Extender

*Each workshop is $85 and earns you 0.2 CECs per workshop.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Purchase all 3 workshops at Move with Amy Anderson before September 12th for $225 or one for 10% off ($76.50).*

LEARN MORE HERE

Click this link or call 248.723.6500 to enroll!

Meet Erin Nicole…

We are so excited to have WXYZ’s Entertainment Reporter, Erin Nicole, working out at Equilibrium! Erin had her first baby girl 4 months ago and is currently planning a wedding. She chose Equilibrium as the place to get her body back after baby and get in the best shape for her big day. Erin says she is “excited to join Equilibrium’s Bridal Boot Camp to get in shape for my August 2014 Wedding!”

Erin with Xtend Barre instructor, Jessie, wearing Splits59 gear

Erin with Xtend Barre instructor, Jessie, wearing Splits59 gear

Our wedding boot camp package includes 2-months of unlimited studio fitness classes, PURE STOTT reformer & matwork and 1 private STOTT Pilates session with a staff instructor. This bridal boot camp isn’t limited to just brides…Erin’s bridal party & mother-of-the-bride will be joining her for workouts as well!

Follow @equilibriummi and @ENicole19 on twitter for updates and progress reports like this one…

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…AND join Erin for a special FREE event, Saturday March 22nd from 3-5pm. You’ll get a total body workout from Jessie in a 55-minute Xtend Barre class and then learn healthy tips to get back in shape from Equilibrium’s Wellness Coach, Sarah. Learn more on our Facebook page about this Spring Into A New You event. Register today!

A Thankful Trainee

Our training coordinator, Jessie, was so pleased to receive this Thank You note from one of our loyal clients who has recently become a Trainee in the STOTT PILATES Matwork training at Equilibrium.

We were not only touched but inspired by her words and wanted to share them with you:

“Thank you so much for helping me with the whole process of becoming a Pilates instructor. You have gone above and beyond to help me achieve this. I am so grateful to Equilibrium, especially you, for helping me to see what a great community this is. I couldn’t be happier here! Thank you, Thank you for taking me in and letting me be a part of the equilibrium family! You’re the best, <3 Amanda Hewitt”

Thank you Amanda for sharing your experience with us. We look forward to your continued success in the Pilates industry.

Stretch to Help

We are so glad to participate again in the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Department’s Stretch to Help event.

Throughout the day, across the community, women like you will make a difference. Sign up for one or more classes and treat yourself to an hour of exercise, meditation, and/or nutrition education with women who share a passion for our Jewish community. Through a gift of $18, you not only enhance your own health and wellness, but you’ll join with hundreds of other women positively impacting our community on this day.

Join us for a very special class to benefit Stretch to Help:

Fusion Bootcamp

with Staff Instructor Marianna

Sunday April 29th at 4:00 PM

Sign up online at www.stretchtohelp.org

 

[A little about Fusion Bootcamp:

Remember your first day of Kindergarten when you couldn't wait to play with all the toys? FUSION BOOTCAMP is in Studio H, with more toys than you can use in an hour, including weighted bands, therabands, physioballs, weighted bars, ballet barres, cadillac wall units, bosus, fitness circles, weighted balls, straps, balance cushions, TRX, and arc barrels. This class will rock with high energy music, a high energy instructor, and boundless toys to challenge you and to keep the fun level at 100%]

Want to be a Pilates Instructor?

Are you interested in learning about our training program? Join us Friday for the open house!

Join us Friday, March 30th and learn how to invest in your education at Michigan’s only STOTT PILATES certification center!

WHO: You and anyone you know interested in teaching pilates. You don’t have to be a fitness professional to train with us, just have a passion for health and wellness.

WHAT: Informative Open House…Food served!

WHEN: Fri. March 30th from 3-6 pm

WHY: To learn more about how to turn your passion for pilots into a lucrative career.

HOW: To RSVP either click here to register online, call the studio at 248.723.6500 or email Jamila at jamila@equilibriumstudio.com

WHAT TO BRING: Questions, concerns and appetites.

Please call or email if you have any questions!

Read about our newsworthy week…

Click here to see this week’s newsletter!

NEW Cardio/ Spin Circuit Class

We are introducing a new class that we think you’ll LOVE:

Cardio/ Spin Circuit on Wednesdays 9-10 AM, taught by Liz Smythe.

This class will help you burn more calories during and after class with it’s combination 50% spin cardio and 50% strength intervals. With 10 years of spin teaching experience, Liz will guide you through varied terrain guaranteed to burn 400-700 calories and to challenge and improve your abilities just in time for all your spring outdoor activities. Embrace tennis, golf, running, cycling, and gardening with your healthiest body ever!

The class debuts Wednesday March 21st. This will be a smaller class (with a capacity of 8) so call us (248.723.6500) or email us if you’d like to reserve your space.

AND use the March Madness Special ($199 for 30 days of unlimited equipment classes) to get the best possible deal on cardio circuit classes!

Jumpboards for Sale!

 

We are selling our lovingly used STOTT PILATES brown jumpboards! (For professional reformers)

These are the smaller size jumpboards- approximately 22 x 16 inches.

 

ORIGINAL PRICE: $300

OUR PRICE: $200

Unfortunately, we can’t ship. You’ll just have to pay us a visit and hang out for a little bit!

ALSO if you purchase all 4 jumpboards…get a 15% discount.

Please email jamila@equilibriumstudio.com if you are interested in buying a jumpboard or have any questions…