As we age our bodies let us know that pounding the pavement, or strenuous workouts can sometimes work against our wellness goals. Just as I was experiencing more aches, pains and otherwise complaints from the physical, I discovered the perfect complement to help me balance my exercise regimen. STRENGTH, GRACE & BARRE.
Barre classes in general, are derived from the intense training ballerinas and dancers participate use to perfect their craft.
The primary focus of a Barre class is to help you sculpt a leaner, more toned and graceful body, well, like a dancer. The routines are designed to engage those deep, inner structural and core muscle that make the body appear tight and firm, contribute to excellent posture and help keep the body aligned. The movements can be very small so small in fact that often a person can only move just a few inches at most.
At Pennington Ewing Athletic Club (PEAC) Jodi Vinch is Barre instructor Extraordinaire. Supported by a background of 30 years as a dancer , a masters degree in Physical Therapy (she also specializes in PT for trauma patients) and is a doctoral candidate to become a PT clinician, Jodi's Strength, Grace & Barre classes are not for the faint of heart. That being said, after taking her class, participants have reported feeling exuberant, light, joyful, relaxed, and some have expressed down right giddiness! Oh and did I mention the sweat? Drenched just from squeezing your tush, sheesh!
I interviewed Jodi before her Saturday class and asked her to share why she teaches SGB: "Grace and Strength allows each person to bring something physically that comes from within. Both flowing and strength. We all have natural graces about us no matter what background, or size or age.
When you tape into your grace, the strength comes forth. I don't use the French terms for my class, just to allow the women freedom to interpret what their bodies need from teach particular movement. My style of teaching is to allow my students to be in their own flow and their own grace which is such power for them".
Classes are held Monday's Wednesdays and Saturdays. And they fill up quickly. Check out PEAC's class schedule at www.peacheatlhfitness.com
Remember, balance is the key to wellness.