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Paws-itively  ready for  disaster

Paws-itively ready for disaster


Dozens of local residents participated in the Pet Ready! program, which included first-aid tips for animals from Adobe Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Cristi Blackwolf, above right. Girl Scouts Rachel Torgunrud, above left, in purple of Sunnyv...

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Schools

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge


Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Gardner Bullis School’s Tech Challenge Team “Fantastic V,” above, recently showed their project at the school’s STEM Expo. Teammates, from left, Brandon Son, Will Hooper, George Weale, Tripp Crissma...

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Community

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1


Town Crier File Photo
Visitors examine the fresh produce on display at last year’s Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

It wouldn’t be spring without the return of the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market May 1. The Los Altos Village Association sp...

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Sports

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High pitcher Lizzie Beutter went the distance to earn the win against Mountain View.

The number of Los Altos High hits and Mountain View High errors may be in dispute, but there’s no debating which softball ...

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Comment

Enlightened California: No Shoes, Please

I recently read a newspaper article about the newly adopted sex-education curriculum in the state of Mississippi. In the city of Oxford, the following exercise is included: Students pass around a Peppermint Patty chocolate and observe how spoiled it ...

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Business

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
European Cobblery owner Paul Roth is relocating his business from 201 First St., above, to 385 State St. in May.

The European Cobblery, a family-owned and -operated shoe store, is relocating to a new home just a f...

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Books

Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summa...

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People

'Champions for Youth' announced

Challenge Team will honor Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer as “Champion for Youth” at the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraising breakfast, scheduled 7 a.m. May 7 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Lauren ...

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Stepping Out

Last go-round for 'Hound'

Last go-round for 'Hound'


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
The actors in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – from left, Darren Bridgett, Ron Campbell and Michael Gene Sullivan – take on dozens of roles.

TheatreWorks is slated to present “The Hound of the Baskervilles...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away


Van Houtte/Town Crier Yoga of Los Altos hosts a variety of classes, including Strong Flow Vinyasa, above, taught by Doron Hanoch. Yin Yoga instructor Janya Wongsopa guides a student in the practice, below.

It’s nearly 9 a.m. on a Monday mornin...

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Exercise regimen improves strength, flexibility


Photo By: Courtesy of Kim Gladfelter
Photo Courtesy Of Kim Gladfelter

Pilates employs stretching exercises that strengthen muscles, promote flexibility and improve coordination.

Pilates is a great way to address muscle imbalances that eventually cause pain. Those who practice it can improve their health and state of mind far beyond their exercise sessions once they grasp the basic principles. Over time, Pilates helps develop intense body awareness to control pain and injury.

Pilates boasts a number of benefits that set it apart from other forms of exercise.

• Awareness and concentration. A strong sense of body awareness is at the heart of Pilates. Nothing beats the individual guidance to help engage the weakest muscles and eliminate common compensations that lead to injury. The ability to derive results quickly is an added benefit.

• Balance. Pilates has a unique way of accomplishing gains in strength and flexibility simultaneously. The result is that those who practice it will feel good even while they are exercising.

• Breathing. Once an exercise is grasped, more attention is placed on breathing to deepen the benefit.

• Centering. Focusing on the core is part of every Pilates movement because it protects the spine. Many people are drawn to Pilates because it offers an ideal way to control back pain.

• Control and precision. As Pilates movements become more advanced, the control of the movement adds a fun challenge. The end result is a fluid exercise that looks effortless.

• Efficiency/flow of movement. Pilates emphasizes movement versus holding a position to ensure a carryover into how you move in your daily life to avoid injury.

The types and benefits of Pilates

There are two types of Pilates: mat and apparatus (equipment). Mat work uses the body to challenge the core. Apparatus work provides a more comprehensive body workout with a higher repertoire of exercise possibilities. Apparatus work can assist or challenge a regular exercise regimen. Pilates works best when both are practiced.

Beginning with a private session or small group can provide an opportunity to develop the groundwork for successful results. It requires good individual guidance to ensure that beginners are not compensating with muscles that are already overworking.

Pilates tends to be more challenging over time as those who practice it fine-tune their movements to engage weak muscles more effectively.

With guidance from a physical therapist trained in Pilates principles, Pilates can help rehabilitate an injury, pain and/or dysfunction. It may also prove beneficial in the post-rehabilitative stage of injury to maintain the patient’s achievements.

Those new to a regular fitness routine can learn proper form from Pilates to achieve a more beneficial result.

Diehard fitness fans can benefit by working toward a more challenging, fluid program. Athletes from a variety of sports choose Pilates to cross-train and avoid injuries. Sport-specific exercises on the apparatus can be used for performance enhancement.

No matter what your level of fitness is when you start, Pilates can accomplish desired results with its balanced program.

Kim Gladfelter is a physical therapist and Pilates instructor at PhysioFit Physical Therapy and Wellness in Los Altos. For more information, call 947-8500 or visit www.physiofitpt.com.

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