Explore the transformational power of Pilates

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Pilates instructors use the Trapeze Table to prepare clients for mat classes, which some people think are more difficult. The Trapeze Table supports shoulder girdle strength and alignment through hanging excercises.

For years now, people ranging from health experts to celebrities have touted the benefits of Pilates, singing the praise of how the regimen sculpts the body without the bulk of weightlifting.

But there are many advantages beyond that toned behind. Following are a few reasons you should consider trying a Pilates class.

Research shows happy romantic relationships boast physical health benefits

We don’t need science to tell us that love makes us happier, but thanks to a new body of research, it’s clear that a healthy relationship is good for your physical well-being.

Love sounds like a magic bullet: A healthy relationship can make you happier, live longer, age more gracefully, reduce stress, improve mental health, reduce pain, prevent a heart attack, improve your sleep and heal faster, according to Business Insider. Skeptical? Let’s look at some of the research.

New children's hospital building puts care at child's height

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Child-centered design choices at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital fill the space with opportunities to touch and explore.

Pediatric patients started filling rooms at the new Lucile Packard Children's Hospital earlier this month, five years after its groundbreaking.

The Palo Alto-based enterprise draws specialty cases from around the world but also continues to fulfill a key local function. Nearly 3,000 children and pregnant mothers from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View passed through the hospital over the past year.

3 simple ways to stay healthy during the holidays

Based on research conducted by Stanford University’s BeWell program, Americans on average gain one pound per year during the holidays.

LAH yoga practice gives athletic intro to breath and body

Pam Walatka, a longtime resident of Los Altos Hills before she moved to the mountains above Los Gatos in 2011, has been leading “Pam’s Yoga Fitness” at Los Altos Hills Town Hall weekly more or less without pause for the past 12 years.

The class, which meets 10:15-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, convenes in the airy, light-filled council chambers, a perk Walatka credits with keeping her students coming year after year. The town’s Parks and Recreation Department recently added a new feature, the Flex Pass, which allows people to pay for individual classes and drop in rather than committing to an eight-week session.

LA clinician uses neurofeedback for eating disorders

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Technician Clay Jorgenson shows Town Crier reporter Grace Hase the different brain waves from her EEG. Los Altos clinician Theresa Chesnut is using neurofeedback to treat patients.

The brain of someone with an eating disorder is fear-based, according to Los Altos clinician Theresa Chesnut.

It’s why sufferers starve themselves, binge and purge their food or compulsively exercise to lose an amount of weight that will never be satisfying.

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