December 2014 - Johns Creek Pilates | Private, Duet and Group Pilates sessions in Suwanee, Alpharetta, Cumming, Johns Creek


Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas “Adult Beverages” on the Light Side:

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Refreshing cocktail
Tis’ the season to reward yourself for your hard work this year. Enjoy these light beverages during your holiday celebrations!



6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups eggnog, divided
1 pint rum
1 pint brandy

Garnish: Grated bittersweet chocolate
Whisk together cocoa powder and 1/3 cup eggnog until smooth. In a pitcher, whisk cocoa mixture into remaining eggnog. Add rum and brandy. Pour 4 ounces into small glasses; top with grated bittersweet chocolate.



3/4 cup elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
3 cups cubed watermelon
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
1 750-mL bottle sparkling rosé



Combine liqueur, watermelon and mint in a large pitcher. Refrigerate until cold, 3 to 4 hours. Just before serving, stir in
rosé. Serve over ice.



1 (750 ml) bottle sparkling wine, chilled
1 (750 ml) bottle Riesling, chilled
1 1/2 cups light white cranberry juice, chilled
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh cranberries
15 strips orange peel


1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
2. Stir in oranges and cranberries.
3. Ladle punch and 2 or 3 cranberries into decorative cups or glasses.
4. Garnish each glass with a twist of orange peel and serve.

Why is there an Order to Pilates Exercise?

Classical Pilates teachers teach within the order of exercises Joseph Pilates created for the reformer and mat. Why is there an order to Pilates exercise?

Why? Because Mr. Pilates’ order appropriately warms up the body, challenges and cools it down. His order strengthens and stretches the torso, arms and legs in all planes of movement. His order challenges clients in the appropriate progression with and then against gravity: lying down, sitting up, kneeling, standing.

What about on other apparatus? Classical Pilates teachers use the previously mentioned progression as well as all of the information s/he gathered during the reformer and mat portion of the session to pick which exercises to do on other apparatus and which order to do them in. If the session is primarily on an additional piece of apparatus, like the low/high chair or cadillac/tower, then a Classical Pilates teacher works to create a session with that gravitational progression and the theory behind the reformer and mat exercise orders to create a well-balanced and challenging session for her client.

What was Mr. Pilates’ intentions? That the session is a strong full body and mind workout, appropriate for the client that centers around abdominal strength. Note that I said “workout”. Indeed. Clients are meant to exercise to their fullest potential. We must take into account the person in front of us adapting the workout for each client’s individual needs. A relatively normal, healthy person ought to be challenged in stamina, strength, stretch and stability. Those who are ill or special cases in any way still get challenges, but we take their condition into account when challenging stamina. We have choices.

Source: The Vertical Workshop

Tis the Season to be Healthy with our Beginner Mat Series in January!

Johns Creek Pilates would like to announce our 10-week beginner mat series starting in January! If you or your friends would like to try Pilates and see results in a 10-week period, email us There are only four spots available in this class.

How does this series work? There will be four clients in this class who will all be beginners. They will meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening for 10 weeks. There will be a flat fee of $360 to join this series (a $140 savings). We will have a make up class on week 11 for anyone who misses a session.

What type of expectations should I have? After this 10-week series, you should know the fundamentals and the basic mat series of the Classical Pilates teachings and be prepared to enter into Intermediate level training.

As Joseph Pilates states,

In 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body.

Meet Our Newest Team Member!

Sally-McRaeJohns Creek Pilates is happy to welcome our newest team member, Sally McRae, to the studio! Sally has been a leader in the fitness industry for over 30 years and has multiple fitness certifications through American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), IDEA, and most recently PEAK Pilates.

Sally has used her knowledge and experience to successfully operate her own aerobic and Pilates studios in the Atlanta area, as well as teach in corporate fitness centers for Coca-Cola, Kimberley Clark and Georgia Pacific. Since the early 80’s, Sally has been practicing classical.

Please help us welcome Sally to the studio when you come in and check her out on the website!