Experience 'All in One' combo classes of strength, cardio, and flexibility training with Aqua Flex'n Stretch as well as specialized classes for Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Parkinson's, and other muscle conditions. Our certified instructors are top in the Los Angeles area and focus on overall health and wellness in small classes for maximum personal attention in salt and chlorine pools! The secret to success is having fun, making social connections, feeling good, and being energized. Take the plunge!



All classes limited to 6 participants per class! Lots of 1:1 instruction!! FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!
Open to the community.

Private and semi-private sessions.

Chair lift is available. Towels, all equipment, locker room and shower provided.
AQUATONE (1-hour):
(Work your whole body-cardio; strength and flexibility/balance; Adjusted for Arthritis Foundation as needed)
MONDAY: 4:30pm



SATURDAY: 11:15am

Fees: $150/8 classes; 1-month expiration
$20/drop-in with reservation
NEW YOQUATIX on Sundays!!!

45 minutes of restorative land yoga PLUS
45 minutes of restorative aqua

9:30 am and 10:30 classes

Half-price 1st class--only $20!!

Fees: $40/90 minutes; $150/4 classes

Beautiful outdoor heated pool in
Santa Monica hills.
HIIT The Water! Hi-Intensity!

SATURDAY: 9:30am - 10:30am

Aqua Tone


Group: 1 class: $20; 8 class package: $150
Private: 1 class: $90; 4 class package: $350
Semi-Private: 1 class: $45; 4 class package: $170

Group: 1 class: $22; 8 class package: $155
Private: 1 class: $95; 4 class package: $375
Semi-Private: 1 class: $50; 4 class package: $195
$29 one-time non-member fee

Free parking, towels, lockers, equipment

CALL 818-383-4400 OR EMAIL aquaflexn@sbcglobal.net

Private and semi-private sessions are available at this first-class heated indoor pool for members and hotel guests.
Want the convenience of a private class at your home? Or, put together your own group, and we'll come to you!
CALL 818-383-4400 or EMAIL at aquaflexn@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, April 26, 2008

New Medicine for Migraines

FDA Approves Combination Sumatriptan/Naproxen Sodium for Acute Treatment of Migraine

NEW YORK -- April 17, 2008 -- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a combination pill, sumatriptan/naproxen sodium (Treximet) for the acute treatment of migraine attacks with or without aura in adults. This is the first and only migraine treatment that combines 2 therapies in 1 tablet -- a triptan and an anti-inflammatory pain reliever -- thereby targeting multiple mechanisms of migraine. The combination pill contains sumatriptan 85 mg and naproxen sodium 500 mg.In clinical trials, a significantly greater percentage of patients achieved migraine pain relief at 2 hours with the sumatriptan/naproxen combination compared with sumatriptan 85 mg or naproxen sodium 500 mg alone. In addition, the combination pill provided more patients with sustained migraine pain relief from 2 to 24 hours compared with the individual components. The new pill will be available in mid May, 2008.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bad Eating Habits: Skipping Breakfast and Craving Sugar

Bad Eating Habit: You skip breakfast.The Fallout: You’ll probably have a lousy morning, as well as a higher chance of overeating later on. “Blood sugar usually drops overnight, so your brain is running on empty until you eat in the morning,” says Ellie Krieger, R.D. Studies have shown that cognitive skills and memory improve once you’ve fueled your foggy morning brain. Recent research shows that breakfast skippers tend to eat more calories during the day than do people who don’t skip. Eating breakfast may actually help you achieve and maintain weight loss.

The Fix: Breakfast doesn’t have to be a drawn-out affair, but try to eat about an hour or two after you get up. Aim for 250 to 400 calories, and include at least one serving of whole grains, a source of protein, and one serving of fruit, says Tara Gidus, R.D. If you’re habitually short on time, stock the kitchen with easy-to-make breakfast foods, keep packets of oatmeal at the office, or place a standing order at a café so you can make a pickup on your way to work.

Bad Eating Habit: You crave sugar. The Fallout: A package of candy may give you a burst of energy, but then you’ll be smacked down by a post-sugar slump. What’s more, a sugary snack is usually empty calories, providing few of the nutrients you need, says Krieger. This, she says, may explain why it’s possible to be both obese and undernourished.

The Fix: You don’t have to go off the sweet stuff completely — just find some good substitutions now and then. Unsweetened dried fruit (like tart cherries or mangoes), peanut M&M’s (a little protein mixed with sugar can help fend off the energy dip), and even a handful of lightly sweetened whole-grain cereal are all good swaps for candy or cookies. And since added sugar sneaks its way into many foods — including bread, cereal, and yogurt — read labels and seek out versions of your favorites with less sugar. Buy unsweetened drinks and add your own sugar. (Presweetened iced tea can contain as much as 10 to 12 teaspoons per bottle.) Or opt for sugar-free.
(Source: Real Simple, April, 2008)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Social Connections Lead to Happiness and Stronger Brains

It turns out that connecting with other people not only makes us feel happier, it also strengthens memory and intellectual performance, as shown by a recent study. Just 10 minutes of interaction was enough to make a difference.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

10 Reasons to Lift Weights

Most of us know that strength training is important, but that doesn't make it any easier to do it. It may help to know why strength training is so important and all the ways it can help you look better and feel better.

1. It helps you lose fatWhen you lift weights, you build lean muscle tissue which is more metabolically active than fat. When you increase your muscle, you also increase metabolism which means you're burning more calories throughout the day. Regular strength training is just as important as cardio exercise for losing fat and getting fit.

2. It makes you strongIt may seem obvious that lifting weights can make you stronger...but what some people forget is that it doesn't just make you strong for your workouts, it makes you stronger in other areas of your life as well. When you lift weights on a regular basis, everything else becomes a little easier too - carrying groceries, housework, gardening, carrying the kids, etc. And, don't forget, it doesn't just make your muscles stronger, it makes your bones stronger too which can help reduce or even manage osteoporosis.

3. It reduces your risk of injuryThe nice thing about strength training is that it strengthens everything, not just your muscles and bones. When you lift weights, you also strengthen connective tissue - the ligaments and tendons that keep your body moving well on a regular basis. Strengthening your connective tissue will help you continue to operate in peak condition and protect your body from injuries.

4. It can reduce arthritis painRecent studies have shown that arthritis sufferers who lifted weights actually reduced their joint pain. By strengthening the muscles, they were able to cushion and protect the joints during impact activities like walking. And don't forget...most physical therapy programs incorporate strength training to help rehab a multitude of injuries, which just proves that lifting weights can make a difference in getting better and having a better quality of life.

5. It increases balance, stability and flexibilityWhen we don't preserve muscle mass with strength training, what happens when we grow older? We lose muscle mass and that's often what leads to weight gain and loss of balance and flexibility. Lifting weights can help you work your joints through a full range of motion, keeping them strong and flexible and keeping you steady on your feet.

6. It can make you better at sportsMost athletes these days follow some type of strength training program to keep them strong and avoid injuries. Training specific to your sport can also help you improve your power, strength and speed to make you a better athlete. Even kids and teens often benefit from some type of strength training when it comes to playing sports

7. It makes you feel better about yourselfAccording to some studies, both men and women feel better about themselves when they lift weights. By getting stronger and noticing changes over time like being able to lift more weight and do more exercises, both men and women build confidence and, especially for women, improve body image. Lifting weights, along with other types of exercise, also helps build confidence and can even help manage symptoms of depression and anxiety...a great way to deal with stress in a healthy way.

8. It can help lower blood pressureSome studies have shown that regular strength training can help reduce high blood pressure over time, so this may become another way (aside from cardio exercise) to help treat high blood pressure in some people. If you do have high blood pressure, I don't have to remind you that you should always talk to the doc before doing any new activities (but I am anyway). But, if you get the okay, consider starting a basic program along with other recommendations from your doc for helping reduce your blood pressure.

9. It adds challenge and interest to your routineIf you've been doing the same cardio workouts for a long time, that can get a little boring. Strength training is a great way to spice things up and add a completely different challenge to your body. The nice thing about strength training is that it offers so many ways to set up your workouts...there's always something new to try and you never run out of new exercises, different types of resistance, new routines and a variety of ways to work your body.

10. It makes your life betterOne thing that often surprises people after they start lifting weights is how it trickles into other areas of their lives such as working in the garden without back pain or walking up the stairs without aching knees. It's those little improvements that offer the greatest rewards and it doesn't take much time with weights to see and feel those kinds of improvements.

Created: June 21, 2007, Paige Waehner

Monday, April 14, 2008

Stress Awareness Day, April 16

We throw around the word "stress" so often in just everyday speak (you're stressing me out!), that we often trivialize the real impact it has on our lives. In fact, 66% of Americans say they are likely to seek help for stress as it is so problematic, with over a third of us claiming that we are living with "extreme" stress. Why such stress? 75% of Americans claim that work and money are causing it. Stress can lead to heart attacks / heart disease, cancer, immune system problems, accidents, depression, suicide, lung issues and more. Stress levels have been increasing steadily, with now more than 3 of 5 doctor visits – globally – being directly related to stress problems.

So what can you do?? First, recognize that you're under stress. Second, identify the stressors in your life. Third, make a plan to deal with the stressors (notice I didn't say eliminate since that can be almost impossible). Fourth, incorporate exercise and good nutrition into your daily lifestyle. You all know how great the water feels once you get to the pool. Make a commitment to come regularly. Supplement your water exercise with walking (your dogs will thank you!), elliptical machine workouts, or whatever sport you love (tennis is mine!). Have fun and make social connections. The more you give of yourself, the more you get back. Your body will thank you and you'll feel great as your endorphins are released.

You are in control of your life and body. Take control now and reduce your stress.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Physical Activity Is Natural Pain Reliever For Arthritis

It may seem counterintuitive to exercise when suffering with joint pain, but physical activity is actually a natural pain reliever for most people suffering from arthritis according to a recent study published in Arthritis Care and Research journal. The study concluded that regular exercise is effective in significantly improving and managing arthritis pain.

Arthritis is projected to increase by 40 percent, affecting 67 million Americans, in the next two decades. Participants in the study reported a decrease in pain and fatigue, an increase in upper and lower extremity function, and an increase in strength after participating in a basic, eight-week exercise program. Exercising for joint health is different than exercising for cardio health. People living with arthritis don't have to sweat to achieve success. "Even minor lifestyle changes like taking a 10-minute walk three times a day can reduce the impact of arthritis on a person's daily activities and help to prevent developing more painful arthritis," explains Patience White, M.D., chief public health officer of the Arthritis Foundation. "Physical activity can actually reduce pain naturally and decrease dependence on pain medications."

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

New Discovery for Fibromyalgia

Mar 10, ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have found a key linkage between pain and a specific brain molecule, a discovery that lends new insight into Fibromyalgia, an often-baffling chronic pain condition. In patients with Fibromyalgia, researchers found, pain decreased when levels of the brain molecule called glutamate went down. The results of this study, published in the March issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism,* could be useful to researchers looking for new drugs that treat Fibromyalgia, the authors say.