I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to all of you and give you an update of what is to come with the studio.
My name is Cari Gustavsen and as of July 15th, 2015 I am the new owner of Openspace Pilates. I have been an active member of Openspace Pilates for almost 3 years now and have been an instructor for the past 2 years. My passion for the benefits pilates brings to a persons body and mind is what has brought me to this point in my life.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be able to continue to bring pilates to all of you in Medicine Hat and the surrounding area. You will not see very much change as the Openspace Team is going to remain the same. Instructors, Sapan Grover and Susan Badger will continue to provide you with great classes all week long. Janice Rigby is still recovering from injury but we hope that she will be back teaching in the future. Colbi Reynolds will also continue at the studio taking on a new role in marketing and advertising.
What's to come:
Renovations and studio closure
The studio will be closed for renovations from July 26th to August 3rd. We will reopen August 4th with a bigger and better space (with more equipment!) for you to enjoy.
Thank you for all of your patience during this time of transition. We know the new space will be worth the wait!
You can expect to see some new classes and revised pricing starting September 8th. Look forward to new Mat and Jumpboard classes, as well as a monthly unlimited pass for all you hardcore Pilates enthusiasts.
Eileen Murray will be back teaching at the studio periodically to give you a wonderful new experience to enhance your pilates practice.
Look forward to her visiting this September!
As of July 15th, we will be accepting VISA and Mastercard, as well as cheques or cash. Please make all cheques payable to 1897872 Alberta Ltd.
610 Kingsway Ave SE
Stop by and see our new studio anytime!
From the Openspace Team
This is a sweet little video made by Balanced Body about how reformers are made. I couldn't help but notice what great posture all the people who work in the shop have there.
They featured Openspace Pilates at the end:
Today I went car shopping.
Test driving a 2010 crossover SUV I was shocked to find that the headrest pushed my head into a 3 inch forward displacement. I adjusted it and still couldn't find a reasonable neck alignment. Then I realized that the seat was built for HYPERKYPHOSIS, commonly known in Pilates as Kyphotic posture, and in the word as 'hunched over' The seat back scooped back to allow for an exaggerated curve of the thoracic spine and the head rest pushed way forward to support a well over extended cervical spine (like in Spine #2 in the picture below).
I know not all cars are perfect, but I was mind blown that the engineers who design cars are building seats that encourage this common postural pattern of our modern world AND NOT LEAVING ROOM FOR OUR BODIES TO MAKE OTHER CHOICES.
So next time you are in your car, or buying a car, notice how much the seat invites you to cave your chest in, or press your head forward more than you normally would. Notice if the car allows you to change your posture without great effort, or needing props like pillows and wedges.
Your investment in your car is also an investment in your body!