Fitness Matters – a Very Valuable Neighbor!

Leaves of Life began a collaboration with the Fitness Matters crew in late 2012 – forming an exciting cooperative wellness collective. We’ve shared numerous referrals both directions with great results.

Because we are not fitness experts, unless there is a specific need, we often advise clients to do a fitness assessment and allow this to guide the services best suited for them to build a personalized fitness program with FM.

I personally have taken Pilates trios (on reformer/Cadillac) 3 times weekly since January 2013.  My Pilates instructor, Kerry Nicholson Gonzalez, has several Pilates certifications, and her Bachelor of Science in Ballet with an additional focus in Kinesiology.

Since starting Pilates, I’ve noticed increased core and overall strength, improved muscle tone, posture, balance and flexibility.  The classes are fun and the focus on technique and breathing help with stress management, and the many different exercises target all muscle groups.

Kerry modifies exercises to fit each client and is great at observing for proper posture, and making sure the correct muscle groups are engaged.  Last month, before I left for vacation, I noticed she had shifted her focus to my legs and abs in preparation for swimwear…love her!  And the other ladies in my trio make the time fly as we share laughs and stories during our workouts.

Sheila and Andrew are the Muscle Activation Technique (MAT) pros. When massage doesn’t help – or helps, but doesn’t last – there may be muscles that are dormant/inactive that create a need for other muscles to compensate, often causing chronic or recurrent pain and discomfort.  By identifying inactive muscles and activating them, compensating muscles are able to relax.

I have personally worked with Sheila, and found MAT to be invaluable for keeping me balanced and pain-free as I work to strengthen and stabilize and reprogram muscle memory with Pilates.

Many Leaves of Life female patients have found relief from chronic pelvic pain, incontinence, abdominal discomfort and more through Dr. Katie Coleman’s services.  Dr. Coleman is one of only 4 CAPP certified women’s health physical therapists in the state of Ohio, and she carries additional certification in dry needling, as well as strength and conditioning.

Both Dr. Coleman and Fitness Matters owner Dr. Travis Timmons are doctors of physical therapy, so a physician’s referral is not required  and FM does insurance billing in-house for all their PT clients.

Fitness Matters also houses a nice collection of highly educated personal trainers, a second Pilates instructor and a friendly front desk assistant.  Whatever your fitness goals, we highly recommend them!

Check out this full post from the Fitness Matters blog to get a better idea of who they are and what they do:

When It Comes to Fitness, We Make It Enjoyable and Effective!

by fitnessmatters2us
Caring, Safety, Team Approach, Education, and Fun!

Your fitness matters to you – and it matters to us too. Our goal is to keep you fully in the game of life!

We are a private and comfortable fitness studio offering Personal Fitness Training, Physical Therapy & Orthopedic Rehabilitation, and Sports Preparation and Injury Recovery. We have been in business since 2000.

We are known for our caring attitude and a focus on the safety of exercises as you get and stay fit.

We accept most insurance coverages for Physical Therapy.

Live Life Well. When it comes to fitness and health, simple things –even very simple things—can make a
big difference in:

      • pain relief
      • mobility
      • strength
      • stamina
      • balance
      • weight control
      • progress

With us, you don’t have to commit to a rigid or complicated program. You don’t have to depend on willpower.

Instead, you will be guided by caring and experienced professionals, and you will enjoy a supportive, comfortable studio environment.

With us it’s not about sweating on exercise equipment or developing bulky muscles. Instead, it’s about using our deep knowledge to provide the best individualized program for you.

So, whether you visit us for fitness training, weight loss, post-partum recovery, sports safety and preparation, pain-free living,  orthopedic rehabilitation, or physical therapy, we want you to know and experience every time you see us that:

Your Fitness Matters To Us, too.

Posted by Patty Shipley

No Practicing! A Vacation of Good Food and Self Care

Our daily reminder to recharge

Self care is a theme in so many of the recovery protocols we recommend to clients. “Make time for yourself and activities you enjoy…”  “Create “you” time…” “Carve out even a few minutes every day for relaxation…” How many of you have heard Francie or I say these words during a consult?

This sign was visible from the condo’s front porch. It was meant for people who were using the golf course, but it was a great, constant reminder to keep self care as part of our daily intention.

Part of self care on vacation is taking a real break from the typical “real life” routine… For us, it was stepping away from our daily practice of seeing clients, developing protocols, office work, etc. We chose to rent a place with a kitchen where we could focus on making good, healthful meals. We also took the time to scope out places around Hilton Head that supported our goal of healthy vacation eating.

Recharging our “self batteries” has been great and now it’s time to head home. We are coming back to Columbus refreshed and ready to face new challenges.

I hope everyone was able to take something away from our vacation posts… remember to apply to your own summer plans! And do what you can to create mini vacations for yourselves even at home!

Read more How to Have a Healthy Vacation posts!

Posted by Patty Shipley

We Are Roasting… Literally!

It’s the end of our trip, so we pulled together a salad and made some road food at the same time. We roasted 2 cans of chick peas with some grapeseed oil and sea salt, while simultaneously roasting the last of our veggies – a zucchini, yellow squash, cherry tomatoes and an onion tossed first in grapeseed oil, sea salt and Italian herbs.

Roasting chickpeas and leftover veggies…

Next we topped our salad with warm roasted veggies, some pine nut hummus, a scoop of still warm, slightly crispy chickpeas, our last avocado and some olive oil and vinegar dressing. Our best salad yet!  And we used up most of our leftovers.

Leftovers salad… great way to avoid waste









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