Get better balance, a stronger core and healthy feet with two new classes at the Lincoln City Community Center
“Balance, Strength, and Core” is offered from 4-5pm on Mondays and “Healthy Feet” takes place from 4-5 pm on Thursdays. Both classes are taught by Cathy Neuschafer, a certified personal trainer who is also a Healthy Foot Practitioner and a Specialist in Restorative Exercise.
“I know so many people who have limited abilities or suffer pain because of lack of movement,” Neuschafer says. “The body is a machine, and you can’t enjoy optimal health without performing basic maintenance on your body, just like you need to maintain your car. Natural movement is critical to the health of your human machine.”
Neuschafer has the personal experience to prove this. Five years ago she found herself 60 lbs overweight, tired, with aching hips, no muscle tone and “just feeling lousy.” She began her journey back to health by losing weight and starting a fitness regimen to build muscle and get moving. Neuschafer became so enthusiastic about health and fitness she decided to pursue personal training certification from ACE Fitness with the purpose of helping others feel good, too. She then went on to study with the Restorative Exercise Institute to become a Healthy Foot Practitioner and s specialist in Whole Body Alignment.
Neuschafer says the goal of the “Balance and Strength” class is to develop supple and stable muscles in all areas of the body using body weight and specific exercises to increase balance, and innervate the core. The goal is to lengthen, strengthen and nourish all 600+ muscles of the body, increase joint range of motion and optimal health for your human machine. “We will also talk about walking and how to get the most from natural movement,” Neuschafer says. Each week will focus on a different area of the body, starting with lower body and repeating every seven weeks.
The “Healthy Feet” class will focus on gentle, effective exercises and stretches designed to help restore movement, strength and healthy tissue in the feet, legs, and hips. This class is designed to help with pain from bunions, plantar fasciitis, and tight, sore muscles in the feet, knees, hips, and lower back. “Walking is a natural human movement that is good for the entire body (and for the mind, too),” Neuschafer says. “The classes are taught barefoot and you will only need to bring – your feet!”
Neuschafer will also hold a free “Introduction to Alignment” class on the first Saturday of the month to discuss this growing fitness movement and answer questions. The free workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 1, April 5 and May 3. “You will thoroughly enjoy the experience and leave with a lot of great information and some exercises to help you get started on your journey back to optimal health,” Neuschafer says.
To contact Cathy Neuschafer call 541-992-0878 or e-mail cathy.neuschafer.com. More information is available at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Place, 541-994-2131, www.lincolncity.org.