June, it’s Time to Slow Down….ūüėČ – June Newsletter

June 1, 2017 by simpilates

Paris in June

I have always dreamed of traveling to different places. Travel, especially after raising kids, is my passion. The sound of Paris in June just sounds so fabulous and delicious. As a young girl June was the beginning of summer, of new adventures, trips to visit relatives  and late nights. Growing up in Miami, Florida where the weather is beautiful all year round, June still had this romantic sound, summer flings and summer dresses. On my high school graduation in 1979, my mom gave me a round trip ticket to Paris in June. Two whole months in Paris. I had never left the country and I was going to Paris in June. My mom’s sister, my aunt, was living in Paris at the time. My aunt Denise, the eccentric one of the family, had lived a very colorful life, she moved to L.A. in the late sixties and surrounded herself with the who’s who of the rock world, think Jenny from Forest Gump. She new Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and many other famous rock bands from that era. She was living in Paris at the time with her husband, a French musician. So  off to Paris I went to spend the summer with my aunt. All I can say is it was the highlight of my high school years. Ever since then Paris has felt like home. I spent that summer visiting museums, hanging out in Cafés, taking the metro all over the city,  and making new friends.
What is it about June? I also happen to be a June bride and one of my sons was born in June. I think June brings a sense of adventure, romance, reading book by the water, bikinis, shorts and flip flops. We can all let loose a little in summer, breathe a little easier, slow down a bit. As a society we are always going 100 miles an hour. June gives us permission to slow down, to smell the roses. June allows us to  dream about going to Paris or wherever your summer takes you. Grab a book, a bikini, a cold glass of chardonnay and slow down. After all its June and you have earned it.

Happy June, Everyone!




Many of us think of Pilates as primarily an ab sculpting CORE workout, but Pilates is great for toning the entire body.  Some of Joseph Pilates arm exercises are easy to remember, they work all angles of the arms and you can get benefits with or without using weights (if you use weights opt for light ones 2 or 3lbs).  They also strengthen the core, lower back, legs & posture at the same time.  This Pilates-inspired arm workout can be done in your home, at your office or in your hotel room. You can also add this to the end of your Pilates mat workout, cardio workout or gym routine. Remind yourself of the Pilates principles when performing each move: use control, concentrate on every movement, initiate from your center, be fluid in your movements, use your breath and be precise.  Go through this 10-minute routine 1 to 3 times and try to add it to your workout a few days a week. You’ll be on your way to some sexy, sleek, sculpted arms by Spring time!

Serving Tray: Tones triceps, shoulders, back and abs.
Stand tall with heels together, toes slightly turned out in a Pilates V stance position. With your upper arms by your sides, bend your elbows to 90 degrees, bringing hands forward with palms turned up. Engage your core, drawing your shoulders down and back. Inhale, extend your arms straight out in front of you as if offering a serving tray to someone. Draw your ribs back as you feel energy extend through your reaching arms. Exhale, use your back and the backs of your shoulders to draw your elbows back in to your waist. Repeat 15 to 20 times.

Front Biceps Curl: Works the biceps, shoulders, back and abs.
Stand in Pilates V stance with your arms out in front of you and your palms turned up. Keep your shoulders down away from your ears and draw your shoulder blades together. Make loose fists with your hands (or hold light hand weights) and curl your fists up and in so your fingertips touch your shoulders on an exhalation. Squeeze your biceps muscles and hold for a moment, concentrating on creating resistance as you curl, before extending your arms forward. Repeat 15 to 20 reps.

Shaving: Works triceps, rear deltoids, lat muscles, waist and abs.
Stand in Pilates V stance and hinge slightly forward from the waist at a 45 degree angle. Take your hands behind your head palms facing forward and join your thumb and pointer finger in a diamond like shape. Inhale extend your arms long at the same angle of your torso, exhale pull your elbows back out to the sides and bring your palms back behind your head. It’s as if your shaving off the back of your skull. Make sure to pull your shoulders down away from your ears as you extend your arms long and contract your triceps firmly. Repeat 12-15 times.

The Bug: Tones triceps, shoulders, back, butt, thighs and abs.
Stand with feet hip-width apart and parallel to each other, arms by your sides, hands in loose fists with palms facing back. Bend your knees and hinge forward at the waist, arms long hanging towards the floor. Keep your shoulders down and your core engaged, squeeze the back of the shoulders to pull your elbows up and engage your triceps at the top of the movement. Release your arms back down to the floor. Perform 15 to 20 reps.

Pilates Push-Up: Tones entire upper body, especially triceps, shoulders and chest.
Come into a Pilates plank with your hands under your shoulders and your legs together with feet in Pilates V stance. Make sure your body forms a straight line from head to heels. Brace your core and pull your shoulders down away from your ears. Lower down in to a narrow arm push-up position on an inhale. Make sure to bring your elbows toward your waist and engage your triceps. Exhale pull your belly to your spine and straighten your arms to push yourself back up to plank. Try 8 to 10 push-ups. You can always drop your knees to the floor if you need to. Don’t sacrifice good form!

Triceps Dips: Tones triceps, biceps, shoulders, chest and back.
Sit on the floor with your legs together extended straight out in front of you. Place your hands about 10-12 inches behind you on the floor with your fingers pointing forward. Engage your hamstrings and core as you press firmly into your feet and  lift yourself up in to an incline plank position. Inhale, bend your elbows to lower down toward the floor while keeping your body as straight as you can then exhale back up. Perform 10 to 12 reps. You can always place your feet in table top position hip width apart and keep your knees bent, if  you find it too challenging in the incline plank.

Thai Cucumber Salad


15 mReady In

45 m
Recipe By:camp0433

“This sweet and tangy summer salad of cucumber, cilantro, and peanuts with just a hint of heat is always a hit at picnics and potlucks since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and you’re pretty much guaranteed to be the only one bringing this dish!”


  • 3 large cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts


  1. Toss the cucumbers with the salt in a colander, and leave in the sink to drain for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water, then drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Whisk together the sugar and vinegar in a mixing bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Add the cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro; toss to combine. Sprinkle chopped peanuts on top before serving.Print it here and go!
June Events

June 10-11 We will be at the Health, Healing and Happiness event. Please stop by and say hello!

  • Tuscany Suites & Casino255 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89117 US

June 17 ¬†Gyrokinesis Workshop. Please visit out Facebook page for more info.! Don’t forget to LIKE us while you are there!


June 24¬†¬†Kids Pilates and Treats Workshop.¬†Please visit out Facebook page for more info.! Don’t forget to LIKE us while you are there!

Saturday August 12th from 12-3:30pm  $195
Pilates teaches useful skills to utilize during your everyday practices as it encourages your body to be functional and mobile. Alongside its rehabilitative and core strengthening qualities it can help to improve the physical and mental quality of our lives.  Please join us on Saturday August 12th from 12-3:30pm and learn how to apply these tools to your everyday life.  Introducing Chandra Le, who resides in Macau China has over 14 years of experience in the fitness and Pilates community.  Her extensive training includes an initial Pilates certification in 2003, a personal training certification through the American Council of Exercise РACE in 2005, followed by Gyrotonic Expansion System Level 1 in 2007 and Booty Barre in 2011.  Chandra furthered her knowledge and became a Balanced Body faculty member in 2013 allowing her to certify future Pilates instructors.  In 2015, Chandra became the Education Director for Absolute Pilates in Bangkok, Thailand.  Currently, Chandra offers classes, workshops and Balanced Body education around the world.  Cost of workshop is $195 and spaces are limited.
Reserve before July 15th and receive an early bird rate of $175!
We love rewarding you for sharing about Symmetry in Motion with those that you know.
Refer a new client that buys a package and receive a private session, and a goody bag from us!
Michele McKiernan June 3rd
Check out our new schedule changes!
The studio will be closed
from Friday June 30 to July 7

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