I appreciate this article from Mark Sisson, highlighting how our connection to others (our tribe), being present, and forgiveness (get over it and move forward!) are to our personal well being, and to the survival of the fittest:). Enjoy reading; http://www.marksdailyapple.com/10-habits-of-highly-successful-hunter-gatherers/#axzz2HXNHTCtd
Still feeling a bit sluggish from the holidays? Looking for new ways to fulfill your New Year’s resolution? Or perhaps just looking for a change in your fitness routine? Why not enjoy a sunny morning workout on the shores of the Pacific…http://blog.malibubeachinn.com/post/39935318091/pilates
I wish you health, happiness, and courage to take on whatever challenges you choose in 2013. Now is the time to define goals and intentions for our lives, and to set the wheels in motion to achieve them. By taking action in 3 simple steps, we can see results immediately.
1. Define your top 3 goals; write them down; transforming thoughts into action raises them from one’s subconscious to conscious mind.
2. Say your goals out loud, as though you have already achieved them. Create your personal affirmation (ie. "I am strong and healthy"..). Visualize yourself having achieved your goal; what does is look and feel like? The more detailed you can make this image in your mind, the greater are your chances of achieving it. Imagery takes practice and this helps your mind realize it as a priority. Once defined, your intention will influence your choices, willpower and actions for the positive. Say your affirmation out loud morning and night, to allow both your waking and sleeping states to process the goal.
3. Build a partnership. Tell a friend and ask them to be your advocate/coach or your work out partner. Bring a trainer on board and talk to them about your goals. ALIGNING OURSELVES WITH OTHERS WHO SUPPORT OUR GOALS EMPOWERS US TO ACHIEVE THEM. Create your own "A" team of people to keep you moving to your goal, and enjoy the ride!!
Enjoy a sunny morning on the shores of the Pacific with Pilates at the beach. Jennifer Beamer Fernandez’s classes are founded upon classical Pilates technique and infused with strength and conditioning exercises tailored to each client. From beginners to elite athletes, all are welcome. By focusing on full body engagement, precise form, breathing, and spinal and pelvic alignment, Jennifer guides clients to identify their deep core power and to perform fluid, energizing movements, maximizing results while minimizing tension. Mat classes are available onsite, either on secluded Carbon Beach or in a private suite. When scheduling a class, please specify experience and any area you would like to focus on so that Jennifer may prepare a class designed to meet your interests.
Bring in the New Year with the Malibu Beach Inn; see the following link for specials and events;
Are you facing a severe challenge? A hardship or crisis? Here is a movie heralding times of crisis as turning points to examine one's purpose, learn, evolve, and make changes for a better life. We have the power to change for the better, and if we act in alignment with universal patterns, to harness challenges as opportunities..we empower not only ourselves, but everyone around us. Each of us has the internal freedom to turn crisis into opportunity, to change our path for the better, to create anything we want. We must shift our perspective, embrace a new pathway, and believe we can do it. In the face of fear, we must raise the courage to take action. The universe is constantly expanding, and if our actions are in harmony with this, we become part of a better world.
It is deeply inspiring and can be found here;
Enjoy and be the change!!
What is it that makes us feel most alive...the rush that comes with a streamlined focus, moving through space, taking risk, learning a completely new activity? Just as a child smiles and laughs with joy as they stumble across the floor, learning to walk, our systems are wired to thrive on learning. Movement facilitates learning, which is why children are in constant motion absorbing information from their surroundings, organizing the info, and trying out new patterns.
By focusing intently on our quality of movement, opening our minds to learning (it takes time and courage to deny habits) we open the path for new neuromuscular pathways to form, stimulate neuronal growth, and feel the exhilaration of learning; vitality! Pilates is a highly effective tool to practice this as movements are learned with keen attention and full body awareness, or integration.
Learning involves opening an array of neurochemical pathways, as the organism strives to find the most efficient path to achieve a task; this firing of electrochemical activity creates feelings of excitement, alertness, and single pointed focus. It feels great! As the activity is practiced, the most efficient pathway becomes more defined, and alternate routes are closed, leading to programmed responses (learned skills and habits). Yet our bodies are constantly changing, and what we practice one day is not necessarily the best for us the next day. Dare to break out of daily habits (highly efficient but not necessarily the most effective ) and notice how feelings of vitality are restored as you stimulate your brain and body to learn again! And to find the optimal path for the present.
Attending the INNER IDEA CONFERENCE in Palm Springs last month inspired me with advanced learning skills; Tom McCook's focus on imagery for optimizing performance, and Erika Quest's Bosu pilates classes were top notch!
Special thanks to LORNA JANE, MALIBU, for sponsoring a wonderful eve of celebration for Empower clients, rewarding them for their commitment to strengthening their bodies and minds through pilates and personal training.
TOP READS this month are Anat Baniel's, "Move Into Life" and R. Schleip's "Fascia" (particularly the Pilates Applications chapter by master teacher MJ Blom), and Mary Bond’s “Heal Your Posture” (DVD workshop highly recommended).
Our bodies and minds are always ready to learn and change. They want us to thrive. You have the power to change your body, your mind, your life; Believe you can do it. And you will.
The power is within you.
Please join me for an invigorating session on the breathtaking beach at Malibu Beach Inn, and enjoy 15% off a meal on the terrace! http://www.hebsmarketing.com/Malibu_Beach_Inn/10_October_2012/index.html
For those of who have experienced injuries, pilates provides a fantastic platform for healing and "rebooting" the system. It is important to respect the highly efficient neuromuscular pathways and brain maps in understanding this. When an area of the body is injured, the area shuts down -physical inflammation and neural inhibition occur--to allow healing. To keep a person functioning, the nervous system diverts its signaling pathways around the area, like a detour on the highway, until the area being "worked on" is healed and once again ready for action. During this time the motor cortex of the brain develops a new "map" or program for how to achieve a desired movement, according to the structures that are working and directs signals along this detour path. Once the injured area has healed, unless it is reintegrated into the program--and a new motor map is defined-- the body will continue work with the detour pathway. This can lead to continued compensatory patterns after injury. Until the nervous system registers a new, more efficient pathway, it will continue to function on pre-established pathways. Systems always seek to conserve energy. Once a new pathway is introduced, if the organism finds it more efficient, it adopts it and sheds the old. This can be achieved through focused training, (slow and attentive during the learning phase, to fluid and dynamic in later stages) working from isolated local movement, to integrated global movement. The success of training depends on many elements including: the physical structure and integrity of tissues, joints, bones to support movement; a balance of mobility and stability to support dynamic function; neuromuscular programming (timing, coordination, proprioception); and environmental factors such as stress, energy, hydration, and nourishment. If you are learning a new practice or healing from injury, it may be slow going at first, but patient attention and focus allow your brain to optimize neuromuscular maps, coordination and timing, and will have you soaring efficiently again!! It is not always what you do, but how you do it, that matters.
Greetings to all of you, and welcome to the blog launch. I invite your questions and comments, and wish you a great autumn season ahead. Below you will find more info about my work and training principlea; now teaching at studios in Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, as well as beach classes and home training. Future blogs will cover an array of topics in movement, recovery, nutrition, hydration, and health/wellness. To your health!
Jennifer Beamer is excited to now be offering pilates and personal training in the community. Jennifer has a lifetime of experience in movement conditioning and is eager to share this with her clients; her career as a professional dancer (based in France and touring internationally, followed by commercial work in LA, and ten years as a principal dancer with Liss Fain Dance San Francisco) has been a prime laboratory for her to optimize biomechanics and athletic performance. Prior to her dance career, Jennifer attended UCSF Medical School, learning comprehensive information about the human body and modern medicine. She chose to alter her path towards one of guiding people to health and wellness from within-- through movement, based upon sound principles of science and her multidisciplinary life experience. Jennifer is certified through Balanced Body as a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor, and has trained with key figures in the field of pilates, athletic conditioning and rehabilitation, including Marie Jose Blom (LBDC master Trainer), Alicia Head (LBDC Master Trainer), Dawn-Marie Ickes (MPT, PMA-CPT, Balanced Body Faculty), Roger Gonzalez (BBU Faculty), Gabrielle Shrier (MPT) , Allyson Cabot (PT), Portia Page (Master Pilates Instructor), Lenny Parracino (CMT, FAFS), and Jonathon Sum (PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS).
Jennifer's classes are founded upon classical pilates technique, infused with functional strength and conditioning exercises tailored to each client--from beginners to elite athletes. By focusing on full body engagement, precise form, breathing, spinal and pelvic alignment, Jennifer guides clients to identify their deep core power, and to perform fluid, energizing movements, maximizing results while minimizing tension. This develops long lean muscles, flexibility, coordination, balance, strength and endurance throughout the body. Jennifer's empowering attitude leaves clients feeling strong, lifted and energized. She integrates her experience in the art and science of human movement to educate clients to move in safe, efficient ways, optimizing athletic performance, injury prevention/rehabilitation, and daily living.
When scheduling a session, please specify experience and any area you would like to focus on so that Jennifer may prepare a class designed to meet your interests. Sessions are available in studio, at the beach, and office/work sites; home training is also available.
Jennifer has taught at multiple studios in the LA area including; Core Conditioning, Mala Movement, Essential Movement Malibu, and Lauridsen Ballet Center. She is active in the dance medicine community and is collaborating with Dawn-Marie Ickes of Evolve Integrative Wellness, to initiate a dance medicine injury prevention program. As a professional dancer, Jennifer embodies a deep passion for movement, and cultivating strong, healthy, movement patterns in her clients. She is committed to sharing important conditioning principles, critical thinking, and a multidisciplinary approach to each client, in sessions that are energizing, empowering, and educational.
What drives me: Empowering people to be their personal best every day; guiding them to those "aha" moments, when the light goes on, and they accelerate towards personal goals. Through education, goal setting, and focused training, I build a partnership that launches an individual on their path to personal success, and pushes the boundaries of their limitless potential. As a professional dancer, I have a deep appreciation for movement -both the demands and rewards-and love sharing this with others.
Medical Professional Alliances;
As a professional dancer and pilates instructor, I highly value the power of integrative medicine to guide the body to a place of homeostasis where it can begin to rebalance and heal itself from within. Building a network of trusted professionals to refer clients to--and to work cooperatively with in implementing a conditioning and wellness program to optimizing each client’s health-- is an important part of my career vision.
To your health and empowerment!