Empowering With Pilates

Alana Folen
Wednesday - April 27, 2011
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Pilates studio owner Jayden Sniffen. Leah Friel photo .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

There’s a calm and graceful demeanor exuding from Jaydene Sniffen, owner and founder of Pilates Advantage LLC and Gyrotonic Honolulu, whose mission is to help individuals, at any age or stage of fitness, empower themselves and live from an inspired place, so that they too can empower and inspire others.

Pilates Advantage LLC and Gyrotonic Honolulu recently opened its doors in a new location last month in Kaimuki Plaza (3465 Waialae Ave., Suite 101), where Sniffen and her team of certified Pilates instructors teach the art and science of clinical Pilates applications and take part in corrective conditioning for strong backs and joints, as well as athlete game refinement.

“Pilates was something that I really took to because it made a really big difference in myself, and I discovered that when I’m able to balance out the musculature in my body, it’s also very beneficial to joint alignment,” says Sniffen, who has been exploring her passion for Pilates for the past 17 years.

“Now we have a much larger facility and the two cornerstones of this organization are reaching the next generation and connecting to the community in as many ways as possible.

“One of our core programs is our Cardio for a Cause.

We donate to the Hawaii Foodbank to feed a child for a week every time a client has done 15 minutes or more of cardio here before or after seven classes,” Sniffen says. “As they improve their health, clients are improving the health of a child in our community and showing them others care. But more importantly, the kids and teens coming in see that they each have the power to reach out and improve the lives of others.”

Pilates Advantage offers group, duet and private Pilates instruction which Sniffen describes as a form of exercise and conditioning that connects the mind and the body through neuro-muscular repatterning.

“You connect with the deepest muscles in your core, and Pilates targets these muscles in every movement,” Sniffen explains. “We connect the upper body movements and lower body movements to the core, look at faulty movement patterns, and then start to repattern the way the body actually moves - it’s very functional.

“Therefore, whatever activities you have going on throughout the day, you’ll be able to do it with much more strength and better joint alignment - which means much less wear and tear on the body. Also, with this inner focus, you have much better concentration,” she adds, noting that Pilates is great for stress management and relaxation.

“In addition, gyrotonic is a totally unique system based on yoga, tai chi, swimming, gymnastics and dance - where the movements are very fluid. We’re able to work the core, but also balance the energy in the body while simultaneously stretching and strengthening its musculature, so in essence the body is more resilient and in better shape,” Sniffen says.

Hourlong class sessions cost $15 and up. Pilates Advantage LLC and Gyrotonic Honolulu is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or to schedule classes, visit pilatesadvantagehawaii.com or call 735-3533.

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