Message From Heather
I love, love, love our new look at Vie! The Pilates area on the 2nd floor is stunning and the training floor is uncluttered and really open feeling!
A huge THANK YOU to our staff and contractors for working so quickly and diligently to create the new spaces. And THANK YOU also to our clients for being so positive and patient with the configuration and equipment changes.
I hope that all of you who haven't tried Pilates will sign up for an introductory session. This month we have a special offer of 15% off this first session. I'm looking forward to showing off our new Pilates equipment and studio.
Happy Spring and Stay Fit!!
Client Quote of the Month
"I've been taking Spin classes at Vie for several years now and admit I was concerned when I heard about the space reconfigurations. I walked in Saturday morning as a bit of a skeptic but left after class feeling more energized than ever before! The new layout in the spin area is fantastic and feels infused with positive vibes. Nice job Vie staff!!"
Introducing Our Very Own Vie Blog!!
Vie now has a blog! V i.e. Blog articles will focus on helping you to lead a healthy, balanced life. Jamie Falahee, personal trainer at Vie and blogger at www.heallovebe.com will be our Vie blogger.
Sign up at www.viefitblog.com to get email updates on V i.e. Blog articles which will be posted two times a week regarding health topics such as nutrition, fitness, and recipes, happiness topics such as relationships and the mind-body connection, and success topics such as living your passions and giving. V i.e. Blog articles will also be posted on Vie Fitness & Spa's Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages.
We look forward to hearing from you on
V i.e. Blog!
New Class Listings and Email Link
We regularly update our class offerings so please check the class schedule tab on our homepage (www.viefit.com). You can also add yourself to the New Class Email list by entering your email information here:(http://www.viefit.com/vieweb/signup.php)
Unlimited Classes: Great Value & Variety!
Our unlimited class packages are very popular, and now include more variety than ever! Pay one price per month and take as many classes as you want! We now offer over 80 classes per week!
Our pricing structure for unlimited classes is as follows:
3 months - $180/month
6 months - $165/month
9 months - $150/month
12 months - $135/month
Unlimited classes provide great opportunities to mix up your workout!
Spring Boot Camp in the Arb
One of our favorite classes, Boot Camp in the Arb is back for Spring beginning Monday, May 6th, 6:00 am -- 6:45 am. **
Start your day off right in the beautiful Arboretum with this invigorating and heart-pumping class designed for all fitness levels! Our instructors, Becky (Mon/Thurs) and Jamie (Sat), will adjust the exercises to make the session more or less difficult based on those attending.
Classes run for eight weeks, and are offered in two or three days a week packages:
Monday, Thursday & Saturday - $360 ($15/class)
Monday & Thursday - $272 ($18/class)
Receive 10% off by referring a Boot Camp participant. Grab a buddy for fun and accountability--studies show this is the best way for us to acheive our goals!
** Please meet at least 5 minutes before start time at the Geddes Entrance. Remember to bring water!
Worries --- And Ways to Combat Them
It could happen any time, tornado,
Earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.
It could, you know. That’s why we wake
And look out – no guarantees
In this life.
But some bonuses, like morning,
Like right now, like noon,
I am (have always been) someone who worries. I have this poem up in my kitchen because it reminds me that I have a choice every day about what to focus on.
Worry involves anticipating that something unfortunate could happen, and the discomfort of worry spurs us to try to avoid it. In earlier times, worry boosted one's chances of survival. When we sense danger, a flight or fight response occurs, releasing hormones and neurotransmitters to heighten our senses and response time. The problem comes when we are in a state of worry for an extended period of time. This causes stress that can lead to illness or other problems. Robert Leahy, PhD notes that, “Worrying impairs concentration and memory. You can’t tend to the present and worry about the future at the same time.”
Why do we worry?
Leahy explains, “When we don’t know how something will work out, we worry to get certainty.” However, studies have shown that 85% of what we worry about ends up having a positive or neutral outcome. As Corrie Ten Boom said, “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength.”
Gayatri Devi, MD, suggests that taking action can help reduce worrying. “When you think about or do something tangible, you stop thinking about the theoretical.” Exercising or doing something physical helps you feel grounded and strong, and it also combats anxiety and stress through the release of endorphins.
Cut back on caffeine:
It increases your heart rate and adds to feeling jittery and anxious.
Dehydration has been linked to depression. Most people do not realize that drinking water improves not only their physical health, but their mental health too.
Turn off the technology.
For an hour or two a day, let people know that you are unavailable. Turn off phones, tv, ipads, etc. and read a book or go for a walk - be in the moment.
You may not be able to control how much you worry– but you can control how much attention and power you give those worries. Worries can be like bullies – the more they get to you, the more they persist. Choose to turn towards something positive and energizing instead.
Sources: Health Magazine, April 2013 issue, Jason Selk’s book Mental Toughness, Tiny Buddha.com
25% Off Your Next Massage When You Refer a Friend
The month of May is the perfect time to let friends, family and co-workers know that the massages at Vie are amazing and that they should schedule one for themselves! Your reward is two-fold...profuse thanks from them and 25% off your next massage from us. We love those win-win deals!
Please be sure to email Heather (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know who you have referred (they must be newbies to Vie massage) and she will note the discount on your account for your next massage appointment.
For additional information on any of our Spa services, please see our website (www.viefit.com) or talk with our knowledgeable Front Desk staff.
Vie Boutique: On Footwear Trunk Show and More!
Seeing is believing. In running footwear, feeling is even better. On Friday, May 10 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, you can see and feel for yourself the incredible running sensation of On footwear. A representative from On footwear will be at Vie to demonstrate the shoes we now carry exclusively.
Learn how On's unique technology cushions your feet from harsh impacts of the roads and sidewalks--and helps you avoid injury--and gives you the efficient feel of a barefoot or minimalist shoe. You will have the chance to try on different models and test them out right outside Vie's doors. If you plan running or walking this spring, why not take advantage of meeting and talking with an On technical and running expert at this exclusive Experience Demo with On and Vie?
Also, during the month of May we will be rolling out a sidewalk sale rack with savings from 40%-70% off! Look for brands like North Face, Anatomie, Electric Yoga and Will Leather!
20% Off Vie Signature Facials
Celebrate Mother's Day all month (treat your Mom, treat yourself for being a Mom, treat someone else's Mom) with a Vie Signature Facial. Let your worries and worry lines fade away while relaxing in our Spa.
During the month of May we are offering 20% off this luxurious signature facial. We encourage men to enjoy our facials too so consider purchasing a gift certificate for Father's Day--it's right around the corner!
20% Off Featured Eminence Lip Care Items!
For the month of May we are featuring two products from our skincare line, Eminence, at a 20% discount!
Organic Kiss Lip Gloss and Cinnamon Kiss Lip Plumper. Both products are packed with nourishing, natural oils and antioxidants that will leave your lips moisturized and radiant! Stop in our boutique area for these highlighted items as well as to explore our entire spa product collection.
Perkville Points for May
From May 1st through May 31st, we'll add 20 points to your Perkville account for each positive Facebook post or tweet about Pilates at Vie! Please email Heather (email@example.com) to let her know when you posted so we properly credit your Perkville account.
We will also add 400 points to your Perkville account for every new pilates client you refer to Vie!
Other ways to earn points include "Liking" Vie on Facebook or Twitter, referring new customers and clients to Vie and by hitting your MAP goal through personal training.
Perkville points translate to Vie credit that can be used in our boutique or on spa services!
More information on Perkville is available on our website or by sending an email to Elin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vie Technology-Mobile App and Perkville Points
Staying mobile with Vie has never been easier! Remember that you can download Vie's app, from the Apple store or Google Play store, onto your phone for free!
When you download the app, you receive 50 Perkville points! Please email Heather (email@example.com) when you've downloaded the app and she will add the points to your Perkville account.
Smoothie of the Month: Lauren's Lunch
Our very own Lauren Casanova came up with this awesome smoothie that is a staff favorite!
This delicious combination of skim milk, blueberries, kale, banana and peanut butter will power you through your day and provides a full serving of fruits and vegetables. Please note: We have almond milk available at our Juice Bar for those who prefer vegan options or need to avoid lactose.
Enjoy this new smoothie in May and receive 15% off the price.
Healthy & Tasty Salads for May
With no exception, these awesome new salads from Juicy Kitchen (www.juicykitchen-a2.com) won't disappoint! All salads are naturally low in calories and high in nutrition and flavor. We often run out, so call to reserve one in advance.
Monday/Tuesday: Fresh Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken or Tuna Salad
Mixed greens, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cucumber, walnut & goat cheese with a white balsamic dressing.
Wednesday: Mango Moroccan Salad with Grilled Chicken or Tuna Salad
Mixed greens, mango, brown rice, carrots, tomatoes, feta and raisins with a lemon-yogurt dressing.
Thursday: Crunchy Thai Salad with Grilled Chicken or Tuna Salad
Mixed greens, napa cabbage, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, carrots, snap peas, water chestnuts, peanuts and a spicy peanut dressing.
Recipe of the Month: Kale Chips!
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse and full of iron, vitamins and minerals. Plus, it's an easy addition to any garden this summer! Enjoy these crunchy chips as a snack or side dish. For variety sprinkle on a little grated Parmesan cheese, curry powder, red pepper flakes, sweet paprika, cinnamon or other favorite spice.
10 1/2 ounces trimmed curly kale, torn into 2-inch pieces (about 14 cups)
1 Tbl olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Rinse kale; drain well, and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt (plus other spices if you are adding them.)
3. Place kale in a single layer on 3 (16 x 13 inch) baking sheets.
4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes (watch closely to prevent leaves from burning.)
5. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Serves 4 (1 cup serving size). Nutrition Info (per serving): 67 calories; 4 g. fat (0.5 g. sat); 7.5 g. carbs; 2.5 g. protein; 1.5 g. fiber. Courtesy of Oxmoor House September 2012
Staff Spotlight--Norah Kelly
Norah Kelly, Personal Trainer and seasoned Front Desk staff member, grew up in Clarkston, MI and currently resides in Ann Arbor. Norah is a U of M grad with a dual degree in Sport Management and German. When not at Vie, she loves teaching little kids self defense and improving her own self defense skills (Norah has a brown white belt in the art of Godai Ninpo Taijutsu and is an instructor at Ann Arbor College of Martial Arts). She also enjoys spending time outside, pretending she doesn’t live in the city--a county girl at heart! Norah’s favorite food is fruit so guard your smoothies if you run into her at the Juice Bar!