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Could You Benefit from Mind-Body Exercise?

Get over the notion that this type of exercise is only for ‘those’ kind of people!  Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi & Qi Gong have gained popularity over the past few years but still many do not consider this type of exercise for them.  Are you one of them?  What is holding you back?

Mind-body exercise encourages body movement with mental focus and controlled breathing.   It’s been proven to improve strength, balance, flexibility, lung capacity, circulation and enhance overall health.  You could achieve better posture and let go of some of the tension that you carry in your shoulders.  Almost anyone can participate and very little equipment is necessary.  Modifications can be made if you have trouble getting up and down to your knees.

Yoga has roots in India and has been practiced for over 2000 years.  There are many different types of yoga practiced today and at CFWLS we offer Hatha yoga, a basic stretching and strengthening class that focuses on relaxation and breathing.  Those in our class indicate they feel more fit, have more energy, are happier and less stressed.

Pilates is a much newer mind-body exercise but has some similarities to yoga.  The focus is on core stabilization. It is low impact exercise and ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Pilates has six principles: concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow and precision.  These help train the body to move efficiently. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.  We have several personal trainers that could meet with you one-on-one to teach you a pilates routine to add to your mix.

The mind-body connection contributes more to weight gain and weight distribution than most of us realize. Stress is a common factor in people who are over-weight.  Your body responds to ‘issues in the tissues’ – in other words, you hold emotion in your body. ‘In a nutshell’, your thoughts influence the shape, structure and functioning of your body and your body reinforces your mental or emotional state. When you become ‘weighed down’ by life, your body responds accordingly!

We offer two different mind-body classes each week. Liz instructs a PiYo class on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. PiYo is a wonderful fusion of Pilates, Yoga and Stretching that will help you burn calories and build lean body mass!  The dynamic movement increases strength, balance, and agility, while being easy on the mind and joints.  I encourage you to try both this class and the yoga class held every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Bring your own mat or borrow one of ours until you find one you like.

Lighten up and Live well. Namaste~


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Tina Dawson, Assistant Retail Manager

With over 30 years of experience in IT, Finance, and Healthcare fields, Tina has served the healthcare industry in such roles as Project Manager, Practice Manager, Physician Recruitment and assisted with electronic medical record (EMR) conversions. She attended the University of Maryland in both Asia and Europe majoring in Computer Science and is fascinated with learning new technologies. Tina enjoys educating our clients on our products and programs and “celebrating their successes and milestones…one pound at a time!”. Don’t be surprised if she gives you a hug! For fitness and fun, she likes to “slog” (slow jog) races and enjoys competing in half marathons. “Come out and join me for the next one. Believe in yourself and you CAN do it!” For more information on weight loss in Virginia, please contact (phone or text) us at (757) 873-1880 today!

Jessica Kirby, Medical Receptionist

Jessica croppedJessica is the newest addition to the team here at CFWLS.

Dani Colley, Medical Assistant

Dani has over 35 years of experience in the medical field and has been working as Dr. Clark’s Medical Assistant for over 15 years. Her area of expertise is with the surgical patients. She works closely with Dr. Clark and is always just a phone call away to answer your questions or just lend an encouraging word!

Dani spends her spare time volunteering at an equine rescue or riding rescue horses.

Dawn Olson, LWMC, CPT, Education & Fitness Coordinator

Although her initial career was in Finance, Dawn’s passion for health & fitness motivated her to re-direct her energy toward helping others reach their goal toward a strong & healthy life. Counseling patients and teaching My Weight Loss Academy™ classes in lifestyle modification and nutrition keeps her smiling. “This is far more than a job, it’s an opportunity to help people learn and make positive changes in their health. Each day brings a new reward!”

Dawn is a certified personal trainer and worked in various fitness facilities before joining us in 2009. She also holds certifications in Exercise & the Older Adult, Aquatic Exercise, Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, Facilitated Stretching, Fitness Therapy and Lifestyle & Weight Management.

Cat Williamson, Office Manager

Cat Williamson was born and raised in Hampton Roads. She feels blessed that she lives close to the Ocean as well as the Mountains since she enjoys taking weekend trips with her Hubby. Cat has worked in a medical setting for more than 35 years and started working for Dr. Clark as his Surgical Coordinator over fifteen years ago. Due to her longevity here at CFWLS, she has “well rounded” knowledge in each program (medical or surgical) that Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success offers. Cat, as the Office Manager ensures that daily structure is handled with a balance of professionalism and excitement for each of our Patient’s weight loss journey. She feels rewarded each time a Patient or Client peeks into her office to share yet another milestone toward their new life!

Cat Keller, Retail Sales Manager

CatCat Keller has a wealth of experience in marketing, e-marketing, advertising and customer service and manages our Weight Loss Nutritional Store. She is always planning something fun and exciting. special events, discounts, giveaways – it’s never a dull moment. She is happy to help you with questions you may have regarding our products or services. Cat is a graduate of William & Mary, where she studied Government/Pre-Law and minored in Marketing.

“My ultimate goal here at Center for Weight Loss Success is to help our clients be successful in their weight loss. We all know how wonderful it is to win a long fought battle. The battle against weight gain, and the poor health it eventually brings is, I believe, one of the most important to win because it brings with it the biggest pay off of all…a longer, healthier life. That is what motivates me to come to work everyday, it’s the opportunity to help a client achieve a renewed zest for life.”