"It is the mind itself which reshapes the body." Joseph Pilates
PSC Master Trainer Leslie Brangham began as a student herself in 1998 and quickly became addicted to the Pilates concept. She has studied with some of the most respected Pilates teachers from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles and presently holds three full certifications in the Pilates Method from Tiahrt Training, Polestar Education, and Pilates Sports Center. Leslie stays current to her craft by attending continuing education courses in many body movement disciplines including the latest Pilates techniques. She is dedicated to bring the best she has to offer to her clients. Leslie’s goals for her studio are to continue to educate and inform her clients about wellness issues as they relate to exercise. She is especially focused on imbalances in the body and the link between exercise/movement and the prevention and management of skeletal disease as it relates to scoliosis, osteoporosis, and women’s health.In December 2009, Leslie became a Master Teacher Trainer. She began training new pilates teachers in February 2010. Leslie has been married to her husband, Waldie for over 25 years and is mom to two sons, Trevor and Derek. Bella her puppy is the newest member of the family.
Leslie Brangham, PSC Master Trainer
Leslie Brangham and Just Breathe Pilates was featured in the February 2009 edition of the
It is an innovative system of mind-body exercise evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates. By emphasizing proper breathing and correct spinal and pelvic alignment, you will be able to connect to your movements in a more efficient way, working out smarter not harder.
Pilates is the most effective technique for strengthening abdominals and increasing lower back stability. Pilates creates a sleek toned body with slender thighs, firm arms, smooth upper back, and a flat tummy. Each movement is done with precision, concentrating on correct form. Your lower back and abdominals will work in unison to stabilize your core creating a newfound power. The intension of the movements are to lengthen the muscle, thus improving flexibility. We never use force or pulsing actions. These Pilates principles are valued over mindless endless repetitions. Clients say Pilates is a refreshing workout that gets your mind in tune with your body.
Pilates can be practiced on equipment such as the Reformer, Cadillac, or Wunda Chair, all of which use spring resistance. The mat work is also effective and challenging, often times using small props such as a ball, flex band, or fitness circle. Whether using springs or your own body weight for resistance, both will help improve bone density.
In other words, Pilates makes you feel taller, leaner, stronger, and more flexible.
"A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion." Joseph Pilates