Mind, body and soul focus of studio

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Sara Van Cleve
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For 18 years Mary Jo Tyman has been a therapist, focusing on the mind.

She expanded her practice five years ago to be more holistic — focusing on mind, body and soul.

“Twelve years ago I started doing Pilates,” Tyman said. “I kept them separated for a long time and about five years ago I started realizing people need mental health for physical health.”

Tyman moved her business, Elixir Pilates Studio and Wellness Center, to Wheat Ridge from Highlands Ranch in May. Elixir is at 7047 W. 38th Ave.

She now offers both one-on-one sessions with clients as well as small group classes.

While the phrase “mind, body and soul” is a trendy phrase right now, Tyman said, the three really are connected.

“The body talks and you have to listen,” she said. “If you are truly in your body and listen to it, you can connect into yourself and fell completely integrated.”

For some clients, an injury, such as an injured shoulder, may not be healing properly because of a mental block, Tyman said.

“There’s an emotional piece often related to it,” she said.

If a person experienced trauma during the injury, and they have yet to deal with or overcome that trauma, their physical healing can be slowed, Tyman said, which is where holistic wellness comes in.

“Pilates is about learning to listen to your body,” she said. “The way you feel after you do it is refreshed. You don’t feel exhausted like other workouts. You feel renewed and like you can breathe fuller.”

Elixir offers Pilates reformer classes, which focuses more on resistance training, mat Pilates, which focuses on core strength and fit boxing. Class sizes range from four to 10 participants.

Classes are run by certified Pilates instructors, including Tyman.

“Mary Jo is amazing,” said Anne Marie Carpenter, who has been going to Elixir for three years. “I’ve lost weight, toned up and it’s just amazing.”

Group courses begin at $15 per course single sessions begin at $65.

For a complete schedule of classes and information about pricing, visit www.ElixirDenver.com.