Post date: Jul 8, 2014

Have you hit a wall in your training? Have you become bored with your workout? Are you no longer seeing results? This “Breaking Through the Plateau” series will explore common reasons for not attaining and maximizing your fitness potential.

The first topic we will cover is not what you are (or are not) doing, but what you can’t do.

It is perfectly normal to have limitations. All of us have developed physical restrictions over our lifetime which hinder...

Post date: Jun 10, 2014

As a physical therapist, I love reading people’s posture and analyzing people’s gait. The manner in which someone walks can tell you so much. It is fun. It is like a puzzle waiting for you to solve.

The gait pattern is a result of three different components: stiffness, weakness and compensation. If the knee joint is stiff, you cannot bend it. If the quadriceps is weak, you cannot stand on your...

Post date: May 23, 2014

Think Hot Yoga is just for cooler days? Think again! There are multiple reasons to continue your hot yoga practice throughout the summer. We've listed a few.

  • Your muscles are already warmer and more pliable before class, taking even less time to reach those deeper stretches.
  • Maintaining practice will gain you an edge in other summer sports/exercises or outdoor activities you choose to do.
  • Appetites are suppressed during the summer meaning fewer...
Post date: May 22, 2014

Do you have frequent headaches, chronic pain and/or tension, an injury that has changed the way your body feels and works? Are you tired of restricted movement? Do you have difficulty bending over to pick up your kids, or turning your neck to check your blind spot before changing lanes? If so, you deserve a plan of action.

Massage therapy can play a major role in this plan, but consider this:

Getting a massage on occasion is like going to the gym once in a while and...

Post date: May 5, 2014

When you exercise, are you working hard or hardly working?           

Knowing what your heart rate is during exercise can help determine how hard you are working. You may think you have had a good workout, but if you never raise your heart rate you may not be receiving all the benefits.

Using a heart rate monitor is a great way to know what your HR is during your workout. It is easier than checking your pulse. Working out at...

Post date: Apr 18, 2014

After training for, or running in, one of the many races during the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon weekend you may begin to experience common pain associated with running called shin splints. Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), present themselves as pain along the tibia (the large bone in front of the lower leg). This pain can feel either dull or sharp. It is caused by improper...

Post date: Apr 1, 2014

Join us April 11th, 4–7pm for a taste of all that Mettler has to offer including fun, effective classes and informative demos.

  • $20 Gift Card - Bring a guest, get a gift! (Guest must be a non-member. Both attendees will receive gift card.)
  • Demos – Do a demo or try a class (See list...
Post date: Mar 19, 2014

Put away the winter blues and warm up this Spring 2014 with Hot Yoga as you stretch, strengthen, and tone in our 95 degree heated studio. Discover the additional benefits that heat provides.


  • Deeper stretches – Warm muscles help you safely enter deeper poses.
  • Reduced stress – Extra heat promotes relaxation of muscles and nerves.
  • Eliminate toxins – Heavy sweating helps to flush toxins from your body.

Choose a Night...

Post date: Mar 14, 2014

Did you know that your child could benefit from receiving massage? Touch is the first sense that is developed in humans and is essential to our mental and physical health. Children of all ages, especially infants, can receive massage for a variety of reasons:


  • boosts immune system
  • stimulates brain function
  • provides sensory and motor stimulation
  • creates sense of safety and trust
  • relieves gas, colic, indigestion...
Post date: Feb 18, 2014

This time of year people are beginning exercise programs because it’s the New Year, spring is coming, or it’s just time to finally do it. It’s exciting at first, but setbacks can come easy if you don’t watch out for them and pace yourself. Here are five things you can do to keep it going and ensure the great progress you want this year.

  1. Start small. Be realistic with your goals. Working out seven times a week sounds great and it may even be doable in the...