At Desert Palms we work with all ages and fitness levels to promote healthy movement patterns, good posture and strong, agile, pain free bodies. Our fitness instructors motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. By measuring our client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments, we are able to measure improvements in the client's physical fitness levels. Clients may also be educated in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition guidelines.
Thai Body Work
*Please see Wellness & Integrative Medicine Page for Descriptions
Mat Pilates/Core Strenghtening
Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. The blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture and reduces stress. Mat Pilates classes challenge the student to focus on specific muscle groups, and, with practice, students will soon build tremendous core strength. No experience necessary, all levels welcome.
Rise & Align Yoga
Move your body, awaken your mind! This class consists of mindful breathing and gentle to moderate movement designed to get you into a comfortable flow for the rest of your day. No experience necessary, all levels welcome. Alignment oriented practice that emphasizes the forms and actions within yoga postures. Traditional asanas are held in accurate alignment. Emphasis is placed on core, strength, flexibility and balance.
Yoga is a vast collection of techniques and practices aimed at integrating mind, body and spirit which includes breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific postures for health and relaxation. Yoga 101 is the basics of all techniques combined for all levels. Learn how Yoga can support your wellness goals. This instructional based class uses posture and breath work to build strength, flexibility, balance and ovrall body awareness.
Hatha 1 & 2
Hatha Yoga refers to a set of physical exercises(known as asanas or postures) and sequences of asanas, designed to align your skin, muscles and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body - especially the main channel, the spine, - so that energy can flow freely.
Restorative yoga seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation using a variety of props. The props make it easier to maintain balance while stimulating and relaxing the body. Expect to engage the entire body in a gentle practice while focusing on releasing tension in a specific area of the body, such as the hips or shoulders.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga 1 & 2
Vinyasa Flow Yoga is a dynamic flow of connected poses linked with the breath. This style is sometimes called flow yoga, because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like dance. This type of yoga is very adaptable to differing levels of experience and energy levels, with modifications and breaks offered. Expect to begin with Sun Salutations and move through a variety of poses focusing on strength, flexibility and balance.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.
As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. the main purpose is to increase oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, and increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the muscular-skeletal systems.
Deep Tissue & Trigger point Massage:
Deep Tissue Massage and Trigger Point Massage focus on specific areas of the body, rather than massaging the whole body. In this technique, the therapist pinpoints exactly the "problem" muscle and coaxes it with deep pressure to relax. Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage but the deeper perssure is beneficial in relaeasing chronic muscle tension.
A form of soft tissue manipulation that aims to treat underlying causes of chronic pain involving the muscular and nervous systems. This medically oriented form of massage addresses trigger points (tender muscles points), circulation, nerve compression, postural issues, and biomechanical problems that can be caused by repetitive movement injuries.
Thai Body Work:
Thai massage or Thai Body Work:
Works your entire body. It's one of the most invigorating types of massages, as the therapist rigorously manipulates your body, moving it into yoga-like stretches. The therapist uses every part of his or her body—hands, knees, legs, and feet—to not only stretch you but also apply pressure on your muscles and loosen your joints. This type of massage is both energizing and, at times, relaxing.
This technique is very beneficial in reducing the
pain of neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, legs and
ankle disorders. It is a very effective
therapy for arthritis, pain, sciatica and muscle
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Acupuncture is a safe and effective healing art backed by more than two thousand years of practice and research. It is used worldwide both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions. Generally, people find an acupuncture treatment to be a relaxing experience. This is especially so after they get over any initial hesitation regarding needling. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. This individualization of the treatments is one of the strong points of oriental medicine. It is why people may experience broad changes within themselves after receiving acupuncture for a specific complaint.