Pursuant to the Governor’s orders, we will be able to re-open on June 8.  But we will be operating very differently to ensure the health and safety of clients and trainers.  A detailed description of the new operating procedures was sent out last week.  If you want an additional copy, please contact Debora or your trainer.  A brief summary is below:

  1. No more than 2 clients per hour will be scheduled, with at least 30 minutes between sessions. Appointments only, no Open Gym.
  1. Admittance to the studio – Masks will be required for entry. Temperatures will be taken at the door. Health questionnaires and waivers will be completed and signed. Social distancing of at least 6 feet will be practiced at all times
  1. All surfaces that are touched will be wiped with a disinfectant before and after touch or use by both trainers and/or clients.
  1. Equipment that cannot be easily cleaned will not be available (e.g. cloth mats, rollers, massage tools, ankle weights, etc)
  1. Professional disinfecting cleaning of all surfaces will be done 2X/week.
  1. Water will not be dispensed from the water cooler.  We will provide small water bottles at the entrance.
  1. No items should be brought into the studio.  If phones must be kept nearby, we advise wearing a waist pack and carrying it. We will provide bags for your belongings at the entrance if necessary, but we ask that you keep most things at home or in your car.


Some of you may have received this thought-provoking article, but it is worth reading again, and again. Two things stood out to me, one, an understanding of the resilience of our grandparents and parents, and two, that we cannot always control what happens in life, but we CAN overcome.


On your 14th birthday World War I starts and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war. Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million.

On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.

When you turn 39, World War II starts. You are not even over the hill yet. And don’t try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, the United States is fully pulled into WWII. Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war.

Smallpox was epidemic until you were in your 40′s, as it killed 300 million people during your lifetime.

At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. From your birth, until you are 55 you dealt with the fear of Polio epidemics each summer. You experience friends and family contracting polio and being paralyzed and/or die. 

At 55 the Vietnam War begins and doesn’t end for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict. During the Cold War, you lived each day with the fear of nuclear annihilation. On your 62nd birthday you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, almost ended. When you turn 75, the Vietnam War finally ends.

Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How did they endure all of that? Perspective is an amazing art. Refined and enlightening as time goes on. We will endure this as well.”


Although diet can be a factor in many chronic health conditions, surprisingly, U.S.-trained doctors receive little or no formal training in nutrition. (Estimates are that, on average, students in medical schools spend less than 1% of lecture time learning about diet.) Staff and students at the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic would like to see that knowledge gap rectified.

In the report Doctoring Our Diet: Policy Tools to Include Nutrition Training in U.S. Medical Training, the group issued recommendations for improving nutrition education in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education. The report says that nutrition education should be required in medical school and that physicians should be required to take continuing education courses in nutrition to maintain medical licenses. The end goal? Supporting better health outcomes for patients.

SARTORIUS MUSCLE  (from IDEA Fitness Journal May 2020)

You may not be familiar with the sartorius muscle, but you’ve no doubt flexed it during countless lower-body exercises, stretches and yoga poses.

The long, bandlike muscle runs down the length of the thigh, starting at the upper, outer edge of the hip bone and wrapping inward to the inside surface of the lower leg bone behind the knee.

As a two-joint muscle, the sartorius seamlessly serves both the hip and the knee. When acting on the hip joint, it works to flex, abduct, and laterally rotate the thigh. At the knee joint, the sartorius helps to flex the leg.

This versatility of movement is what allows you to sit cross-legged and to rotate your leg upward to inspect your heel or rest your foot on your knee (Barclay 2017; Kenhub 2020).

Here are more facts to stitch up your knowledge of the sartorius:

  • Its name is derived from the Latin word for “tailor,” since the hip and knee movements it facilitates mimic a tailor sitting cross-legged to work (Barclay 2017).
  • The sartorius is the longest muscle in the human body (Barclay 2017).
  • Strengthening exercises for the sartorius include standard squats and lunges, lateral step-ups, lateral band walks, plié squats, and clamshell exercises (Williams 2020).