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Lift Yourself Up to Optimal Health With Releve

By Elisha Neubauer

Relevé, located in Birmingham, Michigan, is a fitness studio unlike any other. It is a total body workout which is designed to create a longer, leaner you through specific techniques not found in your typical cookie-cutter gym.

Relevé is the term for a movement in ballet in which the dancer rises from a flat standing position to the tips of the toes. The word itself is French for raised.

Paying homage to its namesake, Relevé features 60-minute sessions which center around the ballet barre. The practice helps to lift the buttocks, tone the thighs, define the arms, strengthen the core and improve overall balance and flexibility.

Donna Gross

"A Barre class is a fitness workout based on ballet type movements," Donna Gross, owner, said. "Each movement is done with deliberation, focusing on a certain muscle group with no impact on the joints."

In comparison to workouts such as yoga or Pilates, ballet barre routines are done from a predominantly vertical position. The barre provides balance support while the participant concentrates on proper posture and alignment. In addition to posture correction, barre classes offer improved bone density, balance, weight loss, reduced stress, improved back pain, strengthened core, increased flexibility, improved posture and cardiovascular health.

When beginning a regular practice at Relevé, Gross encourages everyone to leave their pride at the door.

"Go at your own pace," she said. "The class is set up to be as hard or easy as you make it, depending on the effort you exert. You will quickly feel results if you attend on a regular basis."

Gross recommends two to three classes a week for optimal results.

The studio is considered to be a boutique studio, meaning it operates with small class sizes. Classes are limited to 10 people, allowing for ideal individual attention and careful modifications/options for joints and muscles per person.

"It is truly a joy for me to see people improve their physical health," Gross said.

For more, visit relevefit.com.

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