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The M.E.N. Approach to Health & Wellness


When approaching Body Contouring there are really THREE aspects to it that need to be addressed:

  • M= MECHANICAL – Exercise & Body Care (like Pilates, CoreAlign, BalleCore, Yamuna Body Rolling, Yoga, TRX & Cardiovascular Health, including Breathing)
  • E= EMOTIONAL/ENERGETIC – Our state of Mind. Our relationship to Stress. Our ability to Balance our lives. The Rate at which we would like to age.  What shape would your body like to be?  
  • N= NUTRITIONAL – Includes the quality of our Diet and Digestion as well as the quality and quantifiable effectiveness of our Supplements.

More on this and what else we at Playhouse Pilates offer to support you in your transformation..!


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What we do at Playhouse Pilates and @PilatesSmarts is all about being CENTER STRONG.  Focusing on the ABS and LEGS interchangeably!  This is about exploring how the abdomen and the legs interact to either build our health or break it down!  And, about launching our Nutrition & Digestive Health Program which explores whether the healthy foods we’re eating are actually building our bodies strong or, not nourishing us at all and why.  

When we have the Knowledge and the Strength to know how to lift ourselves in relationship to gravity – literally out of our legs in order to free the hips, knees, ankles and feet! – the freedom of movement is astonishing!

1.) Abdominal Length.  Proper core muscle recruitment both during and outside of specific exercises, will make an enormous difference in how your organs function.  Abdominal Length also allows the lungs to align to improve how you breathe,  reducing pressure on your heart and the crowding of all other organs in your abdomen.  Worth it?  YES!

2.)  Legs.  Our legs provide us with ongoing support and circulation.  Walking is an amazing form of healing.  In my opinion, everything we’re doing in our Studio is designed to improve our lives outside-of-the-Studio!  At the center of this is improving Walking and Moving.  The mechanical act of Walking after a meal has been long understood to be beneficial, but why is it so effective at promoting healthy digestion?  

3.)  Nutrition & Digestive Health.  How is our nourishment getting to our cells…or not..? Let’s face it, if we eat the most healthy, organic, expensive, home prepared food available and if we’re not digesting it then how is it going to improve our health..?  

We have several ways of measuring how our clients are actually digesting and assimilating what they consume and the results are truly enlightening!  It is not just about what we’re eating!  How can our food come into alignment with our cells..?  In June we’re launching our our game-changing Nutrition & Digestive Health program in order to help you understand MindBody Nourishment in a way that is unique, effective and as simple to incorporate as possible to optimize your health and results.  

This program is many years in the making including a life-long passion for looking at how what we put in our bodies literally helps us become who we are and how we’ll move through time.  It has taken time and thoughtful research to find the right combination of education and products.  Seeing what works and what does not and to finally bring it to you is such a Joy!  Stay tuned and get on our mailing list for the latest updates.  





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Don’t let stomach problems ruin the upcoming holidays! This time of year it seems like there is food everywhere. It is tempting to constantly graze, either out of boredom, stress, or actual hunger, which can cause the gut to rebel. Fortunately, there is a way around this for this Holiday Season and every day gut health.

Keep Calm and Trust your Gut poster. Adaptation of the famous World War Two motivational poster of Great Britain.

You have probably heard of Enzymes, however, there seems to be a good deal of confusion about why they are important to your digestive health. Digestive Enzymes assist in breaking down the food you eat so it can be absorbed at a cellular level. The pancreas will produce these enzymes when they are not present in the food we’re eating, so ingesting enzymes can off-load the burden on this organ.

Humans are the only animals that cook their food. Processing and cooking kills enzymes in food. The pancreas then has to produce very high quantities of digestive enzymes to make up for what’s missing. This can stress the pancreas over time and may take away from its other, primary function, which is to produce insulin. When we look at the drastic increase of Type 2 diabetes in the world we can deduce that not only are we consuming more sugar than ever before, the way our food is processed and they way we eat, can be burdening our digestive organs.

Enzyme deficiencies can also result in:

• Bloating
• Constipation
• Flatulence
• Heartburn
• Acid reflux
• Cramping

To make matters worse, our body’s ability to produce enzymes decreases with age!

The good news is that the body never wastes enzymes that are ingested and, we can replenish our enzyme levels with fresh fruits and vegetables and quality supplementation.  Small amounts of enzymes can affect profound changes!   

A good quality enzyme supplement can generally help to improve digestion and minimize discomfort related to digestion such as those listed above.  What is remarkable is how enzymes contribute to so many other activities crucial to how our body functions.  

In addition to what they do in the gut, here are some more activities in our body that require enzymes:

• Reducing inflammation
• Energy production
• Fighting infections and healing wounds
• Absorption of oxygen
• Dissolving blood clots
• Proper hormone regulation
• Slowing the aging process

Our next Enzyme blog will explore these activities in more depth as well about enzymes and probiotics.



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Comprehensive Pilates Method Teacher Training:pilatesteachertrain_webinar_2016
450 Hour Mat & Machine
(Phase One & Two Include Modules, Sessions, Exams & Completion Certificate)

OCTOBER 15 & 16, 2016 – Phase One Orientation & Anatomy Modules 

Date for Next Intro Webinar & Q&A:
Tuesday, September 20 @7-8 PM

Date for Next Two-Hour Experiential Method Workshop
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7-9PM – $97.00*  ENROLL TODAY

Attend any one of these Events and get $100.00 discount when you enroll!

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Refer a friend! Not interested in Pilates Teacher Training but know someone who might be? If you refer someone and they enroll in the full program, you get $100.00 worth of Services with us!

Pilates & Movement Education since 2001!

*Includes 2-hour workshop, $97.00 discount from Application Fee and 2-hours toward your certificate when you enroll in our program!

June Specials

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2016_NS_June_SpecialsCelebrate DADS & GRADS with our DAPPER DAD PACKAGE or COQ10 POWER PACK

DAPPER DAD PACKAGE:  This Father’s day make sure Dad gets the gifts that will put a smile on his face. Smooth skin, anti-aging benefits, and convenience all available in one perfect package.
Plus Dad will also get a Nu Skin shaving bag FREE!
 Dividends Shave Cream

  • Dividends Aftershave Balm

  • Tru Face Skin Perfecting Gel
Body Smoother

  • Sunright Lip Balm

  • Shaving Bag
    Preferred Customer Price$120.00 – GET THIS PRICE with our Sponsor #USW8722838
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06_2016_CoQ10_SpecialCOQ10 POWER PACK
Get the benefits of CoQ10 inside and out, to promote a youthful, energized complexion.

  • Celltrex CoQ10
  • Nano CoQ10
  • Gift Box
    Preferred Customer Price: $50.00 – GET THIS PRICE with our Sponsor #USW8722838
  • Retail Price: $63.00


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Shape-Up Nutritional Package

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Shape-Up Package
We all want to shape up, but with the right products you can reap even bigger benefits. Start today with products designed to help you look and feel great.

  • ageLOC Dermatic Effects

  • Liquid Body Lufra

  • CordyMax

  • Metal Pharmanex Mug
    Preferred Customer Price: $94.00 – GET THIS PRICE with our Sponsor #USW8722838

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June 2016 – SAVE YOUR LEGS!


2016_WF-ScrollShotWalk, run, jump, climb, swim and yet, SAVE YOUR LEGS!!  Your FEET, ANKLES, CALVES, KNEES, THIGHS, HIPS and ABS…This month we celebrate, care for, seek to understand better, pamper and LOVE and SAVE YOUR LEGS!  




Click around our Class Schedule on our CLASSES PAGE – All of our classes reflect our focus for the month and Wednesday nights at 6:00PM in particular zero in on our theme with Yamuna Body Rolling.

Check out our Online Store for Products on our SHOP PAGE and our monthly and other product Specials listed on our BLOG PAGE.

(626) 371-0000, xt 1 

TR90 Body ReDesign Nutritional Challenge 2017

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DIET is a four letter word. 

The truth is that the scale measures our relationship to gravity not our health.

Rapid “weight loss” generally involves loss of fat and muscle.  Muscle weighs 10 times more than fat.  Muscle is what our Body Engine is made of so we don’t want to lose it!

TR90DonLoveLaceIf you can’t make it in to the Studio as frequently as you would like or you live out of the area, you can still significantly reshape your body and make all exercise that you do more efficient. 

The TR 90 Program is created to redesign your body with less fat, more lean muscle and these changes alone improve your health, immune system function and body contour.

Keep and Build your muscle and increase Your Body Engine!

30 & 90 Day Packages Available

(626) 371-0000 ext 2

The difference is the ageLOC ingredient technology that leverages our Gene Expression and the sources of aging.

For about $14.00 per day you get two meal replacements and all of your supplements – a program that has stood the test of Muscle Preservation and Fat Loss and not just ‘losing water’. 

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We will Sponsor & Support you.  Our clients will give you their Personal Testimonial!

“I’ve walked my dog for years and my body didn’t change.  With Pilates once to twice a week and the TR90 program, I find myself feeling stronger and the walks I take are now transforming my body:  3 dress sizes down and I’m getting my waist back!”  Barbara, 71

Watch this Why Diets Don’t Work 90 second Video – it’s just common sense…



Charlyn d’Anconia, MA, PMA-CPT, CPNH NuSkin.Pharmanex Executive USW8722838

A personal note from Charlyn: “Over the years I have been approached to endorse every ‘get thin quick’ product line you can imagine!  I have never endorsed any of them because they all seemed to reduce muscle mass; sometimes to the point where clients had to STOP exercising!  It was very discouraging. Until I saw the results with my own eyes with the Pharmanex TR90 program, I was skeptical.  What results?  Loss of Fat and gain and preservation of Muscle; even with people over 50, 60 and even 70! The science backs up this product (it is now listed on the Physician’s Desk Reference, for example). For those who have completed the 90 days I have seen consistent gains in strength, body contouring, particularly in the waist and, lasting results. I’ve tried this product myself and continue to use the Protein Boost, Green Shake and periodic use of JumpStart!”