Our Mission

At A Body of Work, we believe in FITNESS FOR LIFE – the ability to meet any physical demand with ease and grace throughout your life.

We teach Pilates, GYROTONIC®, Functional Fitness, Group Classes, Yoga, and more to cultivate your body wisdom through movement.

Mindful instruction is what sets A Body of Work apart. Our instructors help you focus on your alignment and motor control to ensure you get the results you want.

Pilates, GYROTONIC®, Functional Fitness and Yoga are all effective methods for true fitness, addressing a variety of musculo-skeletal imbalances and improving your overall physique. Our experienced instructors are capable of creating performance-driven or rehab-oriented programs.

At A Body of Work, we receive many referrals from physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists who know our reputation for excellence and have seen our results. We will work closely with your physician or referring practitioner to create a program that helps you fully recover from any injury.

Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

What is Pilates and how can it benefit me?

Pilates teaches you to support your body with efficiency and ease. It’s a full-body workout that strengthens your body from the inside-out.

Widely known as the safest and most effective way to strengthen muscles that support our spine, shoulders, hips and knees - dancers, athletes and therapists have been using the practice for years to improve performance and recover from injuries.  The focused exercises strengthen your core, tone muscles, elongate your spine, and increase flexibility where you need it most.

Pilates can also improve your alignment, posture, stability and body awareness. Use it for injury prevention or to safely recover from any injury. 

Joseph Pilates developed his work in the 1920’s by combining his knowledge of anatomy and body mechanics with his expertise in diving, gymnastics, martial arts, skiing and boxing.

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What’s the difference between a Pilates Mat class and Pilates on equipment?

Mat Classes include the fundamental exercises of the Pilates method. They utilize the body's own weight against gravity in all positions. These exercises can be practiced at home, when you travel or in a group class.

Pilates on Equipment is taught in Privates, Duets and Group Equipment Classes. The Pilates apparatus - Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair - use springs for load and resistance. All Pilates exercises can be tailored to an individual's strength, flexibility, injury and condition.

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What is GYROTONIC® and how can it benefit me?

The GYROTONIC® Expansion System is an innovative movement system that exercises all the joints, connective tissue and muscles of the body in all three dimensions.

It feels like “swimming in the air”. Movements originate in the spine and direct energy outward to strengthen and stretch all areas of the body.  Enjoy freedom in the rhythmic, flowing movements while improving coordination and balance for all athletic sports.

GYROTONIC® is the perfect complement to the linear movements of Pilates and Functional Fitness. Many professional athletes in golf, tennis, football, basketball, and dance have found it benefits their training. 

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What’s the difference between GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®? 

GYROTONIC® Exercises are performed on specialized equipment built with adjustable friction and weight resistance. Combining elements from Tai Chi, Yoga, gymnastics and swimming, it gives you a complete body workout with rhythm and flow that energizes the nervous system and increases overall wellness.

GYROKINESIS® is a form of the GYROTONIC® system performed without equipment in a group class. This class taps into the body's kinesthetic awareness and moves you through invigorating movement sequences. Initiating from the spine into spiraling movement through the entire body you will feel the heat as you work fluidly through a full body workout. Exercises are performed seated on low stools, on the floor, and standing.

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What is Functional Fitness and how can it benefit me?

Functional Fitness Training at A Body of Work gives you the extra edge you need to excel in any sport or to simply perform your daily activities with ease. The workouts are designed to improve your movement patterns in squats, front lunges, lateral lunges, lifting free weights and more. Performed correctly, these movements help us get in and out of chairs, carry heavy loads, and lift our carry-on luggage into the overhead bins. Functional Fitness Training can also increase your bone density, joint strength, coordination and balance.

Our Functional Fitness studio is equipped with state of the art equipment-  Free Motion Cable Machine, TRX, Kettlebells, Spin Bike, Free weights and more.

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What is Bodywork & Massage?

We offer a variety of services to complement your workouts. Our expert Bodyworkers can help you recover from an injury, test for muscle imbalances or soothe your aches and pains with deep tissue massage, sports massage, Rolfing, Trigger Point release and ART.

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What is Yoga and how can it benefit me?

Yoga is a mind body practice for all ages with many health benefits. Yoga will help you increase your flexibility, build muscle strength, improve posture and balance, strengthen your bones, increase blood flow, help you focus, relax your nervous system, and support your immune system. 

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Can Pilates, GYROTONIC® or Functional Fitness Training help my posture?

Yes, especially if you start with a Postural & Movement Assessment so we can design a program specific to your body and your needs. Our experienced trainers help make the difference. Even without an Assessment, they will keep an eye on your alignment and posture to assure that you effectively train your muscles to support your spine and joints. You will notice more ease in standing tall, opening your chest, relaxing your shoulders and neck, stabilizing your lower back and pelvis. And that will transfer to greater ease in all your daily movements. 

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Can I really get results immediately?

Yes. Most people sense immediate changes from their very first session. You will likely feel taller, more lifted, lighter and more aware of your body. Keep in mind that to feel lasting changes that affect your posture and daily movements you need to continue practicing 2-3 times per week for several weeks or more.

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Private Sessions are expensive. Is it really worth the money?

Yes, private training in Pilates, GYROTONIC® and Functional Fitness are long-lasting investments in yourself. You will be retraining your body to move more efficiently, with ease, and gaining the strength and flexibility you need as you get older. The body awareness and good habits you find in the studio will carry over into your daily activities and stay with you long after your session.

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Where should I start? in Pilates, GYROTONIC® or Functional Fitness Training?

Your Postural & Movement Assessment will help you decide if one is more appropriate for your body first or if doing a combination would be best for you. Over time, as your needs and goals change, you can revisit this decision. All three styles of training complement each other and together they provide a well-balanced fitness program.

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Should I see the same instructor for all my sessions?

For most clients, it is a good idea to begin working consistently with one or two instructors until you have a good understanding of the exercises. Eventually we want you to have the confidence and body awareness to be comfortable switching instructors. You can see more than one instructor and even change instructors from one session to the next, and not interrupt your program because we will carefully track your progress. At the end of each session, your instructor makes detailed notes of the exercises and progress covered. At the start of your next session, your instructor will review those notes. Our instructors are highly skilled at providing you with continuity and continued progress.

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How many times a week should I do it?

Pilates and GYROTONIC® are different from other exercise in that you can do them every day and benefit greatly. In fact, the more you practice, the more you will notice your progress. This is especially true at the beginning. We recommend taking two to three sessions a week. You will also benefit by adding a group class in once or twice a week to complement your private sessions. 

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What if I can't afford to come more than once a week?

Group classes are a great way to save money and be able to practice more frequently. We want all our clients to become independent and responsible for their personal training. Group classes are an important step in this direction. As you become proficient in Pilates and/or Gyrotonic, we offer Independents as an option to come in at your own time and work out unsupervised. If you like, we can also give you exercises and stretches to do at home that will keep you progressing and maintain continuity between sessions. 

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What should I wear?

Gym workout clothes or yoga clothing is most appropriate. We ask that you don’t wear clothing with zippers, belts or snaps that can tear the equipment and please wear socks. We have socks with and without grips for sale if you need them. 

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What if I need to cancel?

You may change or cancel an appointment when needed. We ask that you honor our 24-hour cancellation policy by giving us at least 24 hours notice of any change or cancellation. Weekends are an exception because we don’t have office coverage. If you need to cancel an appointment on a Monday, we need to know before your appointment time on the Friday before. We charge for a full session if you cancel with less notice.

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Can I get a refund?

We cannot give refunds, but you can give your unused sessions in a package to a friend.

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