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American Bone Health

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Try the FORE Fracture Risk Calculator:  
Absolute Fracture Risk
Bone density is only one part of the story. We have long known that there are factors other than bone density that affect a person's risk of having a fracture including advanced age, having had a previous fracture, weakness and other factors causing falls, and several medical problems such as the use of steroids. This explains why more than half of patients who have "fragility" or osteoporotic-type fractures do not have bone density values in the osteoporosis range.

What a fabulous start to 2009!  Inaugural ceremonies inspired us all to be better people and to find out how we could contribute to our communities.  Even our busy new President Obama is finding time to exercise at his White House gym!  Try the new FORE Fracture Risk Calculator.  Do a Pilates lesson on SATURDAY!  Make that commitment to health, vitality and wellness this year so that you'll have more energy to give back to your community!
TheraPilates® for Osteoporosis -
Mar 14-15, 2009
with Sherri Betz, PT 

 back b&wHere's a shocking statistic... Worldwide, 1 out of every 2 women, and 1 out of every 4 men over age 50 has low bone density! It is essential to meet the needs of this growing population by choosing appropriate exercises, modifying standard Pilates exercise repertoire, and eliminating contra-indicated movements.

When a person with low bone density breaks a bone, they don't feel it, and we don't hear it. How can we prevent inadvertent injury to our clients? And as we know, spinal flexion exercises are contra-indicated for those with osteoporosis. So, if you can't flex the spine, how do you strengthen the abdominals and keep the spine healthy? In this workshop you will learn modifications of Pilates mat and apparatus exercises for creating the perfect treatment or exercise program for the client with osteoporosis or osteopenia.
Santa Cruz, CA Course:
  • Date: March 14-15, 2009
  • Time: 8:00-5:00
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Cost: $445 PMA/$495 Non-PMA Member
  • For more info, or to register by phone the studio at (831) 476-3100
  • Register Online at
Bone Builder Classes
Feb 16th - Mar 25th 
Knee ExtensionCan you stand on one leg for at least 10 seconds?
If that is dfficult for you, then join us for a fun way to build bone, prevent fracture, restore standing balance, increase flexibility, improve overall strength and learn core control of those abdominals!
The Bone Builder classes use bands, tubing, free weights, and foam rollers for getting the body back into shape! We will focus on breathing techniques, neutral or optimal spinal positioning, the best traditional training and modern Pilates exercises for strengthening upper body, lower body and the core, as well as for flexibility and balance.
 Bone Builder 1: is for those who have difficulty getting to and from the floor for exercise. All exercises are done either seated or standing.
  • Time: 11:15-12:15
  • Days: Mon & Wed
  • Dates: Feb 16 - Mar 25
  • Location: Capitola Community Center 4400 Jade St.
    Register Online or call 831-475-6115
  • Cost: Residents: $73 / Non-residents: $85 (Only $6 per class)
Bone Builder 2: is for those who are able to get down to the floor for exercise. All exercises are done in standing or on mats or foam rollers.
  • Time: 10:00-11:00am
  • Days: Mon & Wed
  • Dates: Feb 16 - Mar 25 
  • Location: Capitola Community Center 4400 Jade St.
  • Register Online or call 831-475-6115
  • Cost: Residents: $73 / Non-residents: $85 (only $6 per class!)
For more information about the classes, call the instructor, Sherri Betz at TheraPilates, at 831- 476-3100.

Polestar Pilates Teacher Training 2009-2010
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PR/PF:  Oct 16-18, 2009
R1/S1:  Nov 13-15, 2009
R2/S2:  Dec 4-6, 2009
R3/S3:  Jan 8-10, 2010
R4/S4:  Feb 5-7, 2010
R5/S5:  Mar 5-7, 2010
R6/S6:  Apr 9-11, 2010

This curriculum will be taught by Sherri Betz, PT., with excellent assistance from our Polestar mentors. From Principles of Rehabilitation through advanced studio curriculum, the course is customized to meet the needs of any teacher's level of experience.

We meet one weekend a month for 7 months, separating occasionally for varied instruction to Healthcare Practitioners and Pilates Studio Teachers.

Learn the unsurpassed Polestar Fitness Screening and assessment skills to assist in development and application of appropriate and safe exercise programs for both low and high level clients.

REMEMBER: The introductory Principles of Rehabilitation & Fitness course may be taken as a stand-alone course for medical professionals or movement teachers of any type who are interested in the Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation/Studio program and philosophy.
Course held at TheraPilates in Santa Cruz. For more information please contact Sherri Betz, PT, at 831-476-3100. 
Circuit Classes Going Strong! 
Studio Circuit
Mondays 5:15pm
Wednesdays: 10:00am
Location: TheraPilates Studio 
Drop-In: $25
4 Pack Discount: $85 for 4  Consecutive Classes

Michele Franzella, our Pilates Fitness specialist, brings her positive energy to her dynamic TheraPilates Circuit Classes.  

Join us for a Pilates Apparatus Circuit Class especially designed for the experienced client who wants a high-energy, fast-paced equipment class for low cost!

TheraPilates Circuit incorporates all the apparatus: Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Ped-o-Pul, Foam Rollers, Rings, Balls and whatever else we can think of to give you  fantastic workout! We will focus on breathing techniques, neutral or optimal spinal positioning, the best traditional and modern Pilates exercises for strengthening upper body, lower body and the core, as well as flexibility and balance exercises. The class is appropriate for all levels of fitness and modifications will be offered for each level.
Prior Pilates apparatus experience is required. Let us create a custom circuit session to help you meet your personal goals!
Learn how to :
  • align your spine for optimal control, decreased pain and freedom of movement
  • access and control your core (or just find out what it is!)
  • breathe deeply using your diaphragm
  • stretch your muscles and joints in safe and gentle ways
  • strengthen your upper body (for those elusive push ups)
  • strengthen those glutes and abs
For more information or to register by phone, call TheraPilates at 831-476-3100.
If you would like a custom circuit or apparatus class at a convenient time for you and your friends just call us!

NEW: Saturday Pilates Privates!
with Teresa Sullivan 
Reformer FootworkCan't get to the studio during your workweek?
Sign up for your Pilates lessons on Saturdays! 
Call us at 476-3100 to schedule a session!
Best of health and prosperity in 2009!

Sherri Betz, PT
TheraPilates Physical Therapy & Gyrotonic
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