Cheryl Alden is a 1996 (cum laude) graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor degree in physical therapy. Her focus as a physical therapist for many years was outpatient orthopedics. Cheryl continues to expand her knowledge in the field of physical therapy and applies it to her current position at Symmetry Pilates Center. Cheryl has been a fitness instructor for over 20 years teaching various types of group exercise classes but has narrowed her focus to include only STOTT PILATES® and TRX. Cheryl is the sole lead instructor trainer for STOTT PILATES® in the state of NH and teaches STOTT PILATES® certification courses, workshops as well as the STOTT PILATES® rehab program through Northeast Pilates Education Centers in Manchester by the Sea, MA. She also travels throughout the USA and abroad for Merrithew (STOTT PILATES parent company) teaching the rehabilitation program to medical professionals on how to apply the STOTT PILATES program to the clinical setting.
Cheryl is an avid runner and triathlete and has completed various distance road races and triathlons including IRONMAN Lake Placid and IRONMAN Coeur D’Alene. A lifelong athlete, Cheryl enjoys educating and motivating others to reach their personal fitness goals - knowledge is power.
Allyssa has been a licensed massage therapist in New Hampshire since 2001. She is certified in Orthopedic Massage and works with various injuries whether from sports or daily activities. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1999 with a BA in Psychology and Women's Studies.
The practice of Holistic health methods is her passion and Allyssa is excited to add STOTT PILATES to her practice.
Jen did not care for exercise (at all) until she found Pilates. Pilates made her think about how and why her body moved as it did, which fascinated her. Pilates suited her and she stuck with it changing her body and improving her entire life. This drove her to learn more, eventually becoming an instructor. Jen does her best to bring her personal enthusiasm for intelligent exercise to every client session because of her personal experience that it works.
Pilates Core Mat teaches STOTT PILATES exercises on the mat. The class incorporates small equipment such as bands, weighted hand balls, small stability balls, the fitness circle, and the large stability ball.
This workout is for both the beginner as well as the advance student and will challenge each client more as they progress. It's all about core strength and functional stability. Remember your core is everything between your neck and thighs. 360°, meaning your entire trunk!
You will gain stability, flexibility, and strength that will carry into your everyday life. Mat work will prepare you for all the things you love to do and allow you to participate in activities safely and with confidence.