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Springboard News from Along the East Coast

A sunny spring break trip to Florida had Meredith and Ashley learning archival exercises from The Pilates Center’s Amy Taylor Alpers and Kelli Burkhalter Hutchins. The material in the workshops, Archival Reformer and Utilizing the Archival Tower Exercises to Build Upper Body Power, was been taken wholly from the archival film footage and photography of Joseph Pilates teaching in the early 1940s. The Archival Exercises, with their subtle alterations and variations in form and choreography, provide valuable “new” insights into the purpose and goal of the exercises.  Want a sneak peek of an archival exercise? Here’s a video of Meredith performing Flying Fish.

Ashley performing Archival Swan with assistance from Amy Taylor Alpers, co-founder of The Pilates Center.

The good news about Springboard has made across the border to New Hampshire! We’re grateful to be featured in New Hampshire Homes. Now house hunters who are exploring regions of New England will know access to great Pilates is right around the corner. (Springboard instructor Juliet McKinnon’s studio Pointe Pilates, located in Portsmouth, is another incredible option for classical pilates.) Check out the article here!

All Introduction to Pilates Workshops are FREE in January 2018

Whenever a ​n​ew ​y​ear comes around​,​ our ​imaginations a​​re unleashed and ​a sense of hopefulness and ​possibility once again knock at the door. Simple to-dos are reaffirmed: ​a​ promise to drink more water​, s​pend less time on the computer​, b​​reathe more intentionally, ​do more ​outdoors. ​Even ​bigger, life changing ideas are suddenly given new life: ​Could ​I change jobs? Is it ​finally ​time to move? Is this the year I retire?

To move our minds, we must ​move ​our bodies. As Joe Pilates said, “Change happens through movement and movement heals.” At Springboard Pilates, we are committed to being a wellness oasis where every body feels confident in developing movement skills for life. Take your first step towards change with us.

“​Offering ​our Introduction to Pilates Workshops ​FREE OF CHARGE in January is Springboard’s way of helping you jump right into 2018!​ There’s even one on New Year’s Day! ​We’re excited to see ​new faces in the ​s​tudio and ​have you feel ​how Pilates will change the way you move through your ​new ​y​ear.” -Meredith Coffin, Owner of Springboard Pilates

A new fitness adventure can be intimidating. We get it. We’ve been there. Tips to make it all a little less nerve-racking? Bring a friend! Grab your brother/sister/mother/uncle/dad/spouse! Shoot us an email or come in for a 15-minute consult to learn a little more or tour the studio. The good news? No one really comes in being “good” at Pilates. It’s like any ​other ​activity​:​ you have to learn by doing. So, come​ try it​!

Tuesday, January 1 | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10 | 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 13 | 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Thursday, January 18 | 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 20 | 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Wednesday, January 24 | 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 26 | 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, January 30 | 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

No experience is necessary. Reservations are encouraged as space is limited to 5 bodies per workshop!

Sign up → www.springboardpilates.com (Go to our website, click on “Class Schedule” which is located under the “Classes” tab, and find the date of the workshop you’d like to take!) or email info@springboardpilates.com

Client Corner


Meet Molly Kingsbury!

Age: 50

How long have you done Pilates? I had to have back surgery in 2015 (spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis).  As part of my recovery,  I did some physical therapy.  It helped, but going to the gym was not my thing.  As someone who has never enjoyed exercise classes of any kind, I knew I needed to find something that could just become part  of my routine.  When a friend urged me to join her for a Pilates mat class, I went with high hopes but low expectations. I thought that what I was searching for maybe didn’t exist. I remember thinking though, after that first class, “Hmmm.  That wasn’t painful.  I didn’t feel like I was going to die.” And, the next morning, “Wow.  Nothing aches.  I can touch my toes again. I feel taller.”

This is my second year of Pilates and I love that it is keeping me limber, moving comfortably.  My balance is better.  Mid life isn’t seeming so heavy.

What are the classes you currently attend Springboard Pilates? I am working in a Level 2 machine class now and I look forward to each class.  I have NEVER looked forward to exercise or gym classes before Springboard.

What’s your “day job”? Before kids, I was a middle school foreign language teacher. Then I worked for some time as a garden designer and installer. Now I am full time with kids in a blended family, ranging from second grade to sophomore in college.

What activities do you enjoy outside the studio? I love travel, photography, political discourse, good books, good times with friends.

3 Favorites…
1. Food! Anything in season. I can go crazy over dead ripe raspberries. And milk dark chocolate, which is mercifully hard to find.
2. Movie or Book! Still love Jane Eyre.
3. Pilates Exercise! In Mat class I loved the Russian Squats because they made me feel strong and on the machine I like Short Spine because I feel like a kid goofing around at the playground!

Pilates exercise you’d like to conquer this year? I fear I will never conquer Teaser.  But I will keep trying!!

I just want to say how grateful I am to Springboard Pilates and the wonderful staff there.  I always feel supported and encouraged.  It’s been a life changer for me.

Introduction to Mat Workshop

Introduction to Mat with Meredith Coffin

This workshop will help you build a foundation of understanding in your mind and body about Pilates. You’ll feel by the end of the hour why it is movement you can do for the rest of your life!

We will practice Pilates breathing, work on many fundamental movement skills, learn the basic mat exercises, and have time for questions.

At the end, we will talk about how to get started at Springboard and progress within the class levels.

Join us! All levels are welcome to this workshop.

Choose from the Saturdays below or register for both!:

November 11th

December 30th

both dates 9:30 – 10:30am

$25 per person

Sign up from the Class Schedule page on our website (make sure you are looking at the date you want when selecting “Take Class”).

See Meredith’s bio on her Team page above.

Please familiarize yourself with our straight-forward workshop cancellation policy here.

Core Connections Workshop

Core Connections: Pelvic Floor and Pilates

with Lesley T. Hoey, Pelvic Floor PT

Have you given birth or ever leaked any amount with a cough, laugh, or sneeze? Did you know the pelvic floor is an essential muscle group for core strength, or that women are more prone to pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) than men? This workshop will explain why women are more predisposed to PFD and teach the specific core muscle activation to help you start toning your pelvic floor and integrating it into core strengthening with Pilates based mat exercises.

Choose from the Saturdays below or join both for greater understanding:

November 4th

January 13th

both dates 8:30 – 10am

$35 per person

Sign up from the Class Schedule page on our website (make sure you are looking at the date you want when selecting “Take Class”).

Lesley Hoey, DPT, CYT is a Physical Therapist and Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist in private practice who specializes in orthopedic and pelvic floor rehab. She integrates Yoga and Pilates core strengthening principles into her treatment sessions with patients and private clients to help them improve and maintain their pelvic health and function.

Please familiarize yourself with our straight-forward workshop cancellation policy here.

Yin Yoga Workshop

Yin Yoga with Jen Micoleau

 

What is Yin yoga?
Yin yoga opens your heart to the understanding that you are your best teacher.

This quiet, introspective practice offers you a break from your active, busy, running-around-like-mad life style. Enjoy luxuriating in passive, restful postures where time and space are provided to you to encourage breath awareness and connection to your body. Within the stillness you uncover a deeper understanding of your body’s tension holding patterns and how to assist them in unwinding. This happens in real time, which encourages the fast-talking “monkey mind” to soften into the background, its interest captured by the present moment.

Expect to feel in this class; it is not restorative. The purpose is to move the body into deep sensation without approaching pain. Find your edge and sit in it. Be curious about it. Watch it. Be in the process of discovery. Listen, allow, surrender into what is. And most of all, learn to be compassionate and friendly toward this process.

The workshop will consist of 20 minutes of seated Guided Meditation and centering followed by 80 minutes of Yin postures with a few Yang (active) postures mixed in to support the balance of the practice. The final 20 minutes will be in Savasana (Rest or Corpse Pose), partially guided and partially in silence.

Choose from the Sundays below or register for all of them!:

October 1st

November 19th

December 3rd

all dates 4-6pm

$50 per person

Sign up from the Class Schedule page on our website (make sure you are looking at the date you want when selecting “Take Class”).

See Jen’s bio on her Team page above.

Please familiarize yourself with our straight-forward workshop cancellation policy here.

Workshop for Beginners

Introduction to Reformer with Meredith Coffin

Joseph Pilates invented the “Universal Reformer” to add assistance and challenge to his method. The Reformer’s springs and structure offer a unique resistance training experience which creates a balanced workout of both strengthening and stretching. Working this way in proper alignment is not only therapeutic for the joints, but also creates long, lean muscles and an overall uniformly developed body. If you have never seen a Reformer, or worked on one, you are in for a treat! It makes working out fun!
This workshop will introduce you to the amazing piece of equipment Joe designed. You’ll be taught the Introductory level of exercises working with the springs and straps, and given lots of guidance for moving mindfully from your core instead of your neck, shoulders, or low back. There will be time for questions and to talk about how to progress within the levels of the classes offered at Springboard. All levels are welcome.
Choose from the following Saturdays (or attend more than one for deeper understanding):
September 30th
October 28th
December 16th
February 3rd, 2018
all dates 9:30-10:30am
$25 per person

Sign up from the Class Schedule page on our website (make sure you are looking at the date you want when selecting “Take Class”).

Please familiarize yourself with our straight-forward workshop cancellation policy here.

Read Meredith’s bio on her Team page above.

Workshop: Pilates and Pelvic Floor Health for Women and Men

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with Lesley Hoey, DPT

 

NEW DATE: May 6!

NEW DATE for Part 2 Follow-up Workshop: Saturday, May 6, 8:30 – 10am
(Part 2 was originally April 1, but postponed due to storm. Part 1 was March 18)
$40 per person per workshop
or $70 total per workshop when you sign up with a friend

The pelvic floor is an intimate part of the body yet its function and health is a mystery to many of us. This workshop will introduce what healthy pelvic floor function is as well as how Pilates can help improve or maintain pelvic floor health and function in daily life. The first workshop will introduce the basic anatomy, breathing, and muscle activation awareness. The follow up workshop will focus on coordinating the breathing and muscle activation with mat based exercises. (The first workshop is a pre-requisite for the follow up workshop. If you are unable to make the first workshop and would like to attend the second you can take a private session with Lesley.)

Sign up from our Class Schedule page. Go to the week of March 18th to see the “Take Class” button.

Lesley Hoey, DPT, CYT is a Physical Therapist and Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist in private practice who specializes in orthopedic and pelvic floor rehab. She integrates Yoga and Pilates core strengthening principles into her treatment sessions with patients and private clients to help them improve and maintain their pelvic health and function.

Welcome Bear Woodriff Coffin

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Meredith and her husband Jaff are overjoyed to announce the arrival of their baby boy Bear Woodriff Coffin into the world on Friday, September 9th at 11:39pm weighing a healthy 9 pounds and measuring 20 inches long! Meredith, Jaff, and Bear are home now getting to know each other and falling more in love every moment.

The Reset Package

 The Reset Package with Andrea Spencer and Meredith Coffin

Hit the Reset button on your mind and body. Our plugged-in lives have us practicing poor posture, whittling away at our joints and connective tissue. Over time, our brains map this misalignment as normal. Reset focuses on recalibrating your brain and body to what healthy posture feels like. 
 
How? In your personalized 2-hour session, Andrea will first spend time working various myofascial and massage therapy techniques to reset your body from the patterns of daily life. Next, Meredith with guide you, with this new alignment/awareness/freedom through some Pilates Reformer exercises, giving your body and mind a chance to record this new placement with movement.

 

The Reset Package includes some time spent working with you to assess your posture, make sense of some basic anatomy, and re-inspire your breath. Rediscover health through tissue manipulation and retrain your brain and body to hold that realignment with the help of our teamwork and expertise.
 
Recommended for students of movement, anyone struggling with issues from mild headaches to nervous system disorders, or anatomy enthusiasts. 
 
Upcoming Saturday Dates (11am – 1pm): 
October 28th
December 16th
February 3rd

 

Initial Visits run 11am – 1pm for $250
Optional Follow-Up visits run one hour for $150
 
Sign up from the Class Schedule page on our website (make sure you are looking at the date you want when selecting “Take Class”).
 
Please familiarize yourself with our straight-forward workshop cancellation policy here.
 
Your body workers:
Andrea Spencer, Owner Apple Core Therapy
Licensed Massage Therapist
 
Andrea C. Spencer is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) who specializes in myofascial release and deep tissue with sensitive knowledge of how a healthy diaphragm and pelvic floor help to maintain realignment. She also has experience in Swedish technique and Craniosacral Therapy. She is a Certified doula and received a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Georgia. Andrea is excited by empowering people to stay healthy with self-care. She believes the body should be treated as a whole, and that massage is an excellent preventative care alternative.
 
Meredith Coffin, Owner Springboard Pilates
Classical Pilates Instructor and Teacher Trainer