Becoming Aware

Being aware of where your body accumulates stress is the first step toward getting rid of it. As a personal trainer, I’m always amazed at how unaware most people are that the tension in their traps and neck, or solar plexis, or jaw, or lower and upper back, has anything to do with stress. Even though they’re tormented by it.

Clenching is going on. While driving, or riding an elevator or TTC. Your mind is occupied elsewhere, far away, neurotically chewing over some past grudge. Those muscles are locked in the repeatative motion of grinding, grinding, grinding. All we have to do is go, Oh yeah, I’m doing it again. And stop.

For immediate relief try the salt-water hot tub  at Panacea Studio. And lessen your caffeine intake. Or try accupunture or elbow-drilling deep tissue message for those rock-hard bricks where your trapeziums should be.

Hot yoga was at capacity last week. And it will be again this week. Reserve you spot while you still can. The package goes up from 60 to 90 after Wednessday night. Be sure to come in to get the better rate.

Ciao, Pietro

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Fiber An Undervalued Ally

No denying a glorious bowel movement is close to divine; the lightness of being that follows a welome reprieve from clogged intestines and swollen belly.

Even if you can’t always eat properly or go to the gym, you can empty out the toxic accumulation of waste that rot and fester and turn cancerous in the intestines. Just pound back the Metamucil or herbal fiber.

Most people don’t do nearly enough fiber. And yet the gratification in terms of flattening your stomach are almost immediate, or at least within 24 hours. You could even say it’s the defense we’ve got against the poisonous side affects of constipation, besides eating well and exercise.

Too many of us are constipated for decades and don’t even know it.

Not everyone thrives on it. If you find yourself developing diahrrea it may not be right for you. Perhaps your stools are too loose to begin with. Do it only if you body responds well to it. Use common sense.

We just got daycare at Panacea for Hot Yoga. Don’t miss out because you don’t have a baby sitter. Bring the little one with you.

Ciao, Pietro

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Eating Well Is No Penance

Panacea Studio welcomes its newest staff member to the kitchen, the lovely Maritere. Maritere’s diverse culinary skills brings real depth and flair to the table.

On my own I’m a pretty good chef. For 7 years now I’ve been doing what no other personal trainer does, as far as I know, producing exemplary meals to go with the ideal workout to suit your body type and physical goals.

Working out is hard work but it should be as fun as it is rewarding. Panacea offers an alterntive to the overpriced drudgery of the gym, at significantly less cost, by making it a memorable dining experience too. It’s something you’ll actually look forward to.

In collaboration with Maritere, the cuisine soars. She brings her Spanish-Basque, Asian and Persian sensibilities into the mix with my vegan, raw and vegetarian background… you’re not just getting a soggy old peanut butter sandwich…lol

For those who crave the Omega 3’s, try this sample taken from the menu.

  • Pan-seared Salmon with Mango Salsa
  • Baked Tomatoes with Curried Quinoa and Spices
  • Kale Salad with Walnuts, Orange and Avocado Wedges in Balsamic-Rosemary Vinaigrette

Don’t forget HOT YOGA with Nikki Wednesday Sept. 26 at 7:30.  Please confirm because it’s filling up fast :)

Ciao, Pietro

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You’re ready when you’re ready…but you’ve got to be ready

Our addictions eventually catch up with us. A talent for quitting things is a life-saver.

Altering lifestyle, switching a bad habit for a good one, reverses a downward spiral. Change and adaptation is essential to survival. It’s the secret to staying young well beyond your years.

We just have to make the decision. And finally mean it. Most of us have seen someone quit a decades’ old habit without equivocation? It has to be done cold-turkey. The game is lost if you’re plotting your escape before you even start, by keeping any stashes around the house.

For some diet is the bad habit, or a refusal to exercise. Not working out is an extremely destructive life-shortening habit, especially for people with heart disease or cancer in their family. Which is everyone.

Come read a brief description of the 4 services Panacea Studio offers: Personal Training, Hot Yoga, Core & Stretch, the Lazy Girl Special (T-Zone and salt-water hot tub). You just might find a good habit you love doing. Rates included.

Personal Training

A personal trainer instructs and motivates. And provides the structure to fast-track the trainee to his or her goal; whether that be weight loss or bulking up or toning or joint health and flexibility, or fixing backs, knees, hips, elbows, bettering circulation, or unlocking carpel-tunnel, lowering cholesterol, or any combination of the above.

Improvef health is always the consequence. And looking better.

Panacea Studio recognizes the primacy of diet. Our approach is hands-on . We are the only studio in town that provides a smoothie before the workout, the workout itself, and a delicious gourmet meal to go or to stay after the workout.

Even with the meal our rates are better than the average gym.

$60 (plus tax) with 10-pack, includes meal                                           $50 (plus tax) with 10-pack, smoothie but no meal

Hot Yoga Classes – Wednesday nights 7:30 pm. (as of Sept. 26)

This 75-minute class hosts some of the most talented yoga instructors. The “after party” includes our complimentary signature smoothie. That’s right, don’t adjust your computer monitor. These rates are real… for the time being.

$6 a class with 10-pack                                                                             $15 for single class

Core & Stretch – Saturday 10 am (as of October 13)

Taught by Pietro himself. This is a grueling 60-minute ab-buster. You just do the best you can at whatever level you’re at. Your mid-section is guaranteed to be tighter the rest of the day. And sore for a few days afterwards.

Profound benefits here. Other than the obvious one of flattening your stomach. And getting rid of those stubborn muffin tops and love handles. The messaging of the underbelly does wonders for the health of the intestines and organs, squeezing out toxins.

Same rate as Hot Yoga, and included in your package. Complimentary smoothie at the end of class.

$6 per class with 10-pack                                                                           $15 for single class

T-Zone & Salt Water Hot Tub – Lazy Woman’s Special

Two sets of 10-minutes on the T-zone Machine. Half hour in the salt-water hot tub.

For those who want many of the benefits of working out without all of the hard work. The T-Zone machine machine jiggles away the flab and cellulite, literally, by bolstering the flow of the lymphatic system.

And does wonders of osteoporosis, arthritis… It was invented by Russian scientists for astronauts on extended stays in space who were experiencing weight gain, muscle atrophy, stiffening of the joints. These problems were reversed with regular use of what is now called a T-zone machine.

A salt-water hot tub provides instant and lasting relief to the back and joints, alleviates cramping, insomnia, and has a deeply calming effect on the entire nervous system. And just feels amazing.

$20 a session with 10-pack                                                                        $40 for single session

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