Bellbrook's Bicentennial Celebration Event

Hello fellow members of Green Leaf Pilates and Wellness Studio (GLPW)! This month is Bellbrook's Bicentennial (200 years of establishment) and we at GLPW wanted to celebrate with Bellbrook during the Sugar Maple Festival (going on 4/22-4/24), as well as take this opportunity to thank you and tell you how much of a privilege it is to work with so many wonderful people! We feel so lucky to be able to hear your stories and create a support system not only as instructors, but through the community of people who are attending classes with you. We are all on this journey together and words couldn't thank you enough for supporting us as a small business, so that we can continue supporting you! We would like to say thank you this upcoming week by offering FREE CLASSES ON 4/19, 4/20, and 4/21!    This will be awesome for those who already love and attend their usual classes, as well as give you an opportunity to try out different services! PLEASE BRING YOUR FRIENDS and sign up online to save your spots!

Make it Happen March Event

Welcome March, spring, sunshine, and warmer days! The word spring has many meanings, but one of many reasons I love spring, is it's meaning for elasticity and resilience. Resilience is something to pride yourself of with every winter you make it through. Winter can have many warm and positive aspects, but can be very difficult and challenging for the psyche, thus testing our ability to be resilient, keep up good habits, and maintain a positive attitude. When spring finally comes around, it feels good to applaud myself for my resiliency of getting through another winter, as you should too! Not only does spring test how strong we are, but it also brings ideas of springtime, its many beautiful colors, smells, and opportunities that can rejuvenate us from a long winter!

Our Make It Happen March event is great time to spring into action, check out Green Leaf Pilates and Wellness Studio, ask questions, receive great discounts to help you spring yourself forward, and to allow us to be a support system to help you with your goals! Check out the Flyer below for more details! Can't make it to the event, but want to take advantage of the great deals? Sign up for package online on March 12th (one day only) and use PROMO CODE: MAKEITMARCH

Hope to see you there!

Warm Regards,

Green Leaf Pilates & Wellness Studio Team

Shirley Forrest {BIO}

I have enjoyed being a physical therapist since graduating from Cleveland State University in 1979. I have been gifted with a wide variety of experiences and people in my life and continue to feel blessed and challenged within the experience of being a PT.

In 1994, I was introduced to Tai Chi as part of a continuing education workshop for people challenged with rheumatoid arthritis or other severe musculo-skeletal illnesses. Impressed with the sense of gentle strength and wellness within the practice, I began to include its principles in my work as a therapist. Tai Chi's core principles of balance, peacefulness, and harmony with nature appealed to me personally also.

In 2004, I began more actively studying tai chi with Tricia Yu at the Tai Chi for Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2005, I began studying Qigong and Tai Chi with Brad Fraley at Stone River Tai Chi in Yellow Springs, Ohio. My decision to further my studies was gift to myself to help me with my own strength, balance, and posture.

Since 1994, I have read varied books, watched videos, practiced with other students/friends, studied under gracious teachers, taught classes, and continued my journey with tai chi an qigong finding ongoing benefit from these ancient exercise systems. My studies have been focused on the Yang Style Short Form tai chi and Chen style qigong.

I look forward to continuing my journey as a physical therapist and as a practitioner and teacher of qigong and tai chi. For me, these are practices that I gladly anticipate enjoying the rest of my life.

In addition, a writer over the years, I am exploring sharing my thoughts and life lessons in creative projects with small, locally owned businesses in the region. As a gardner, I enjoy growing and preserving pesticide-free fruits, vegetables and herbs for myself, friends, and family. As a steward of my small property, I have enjoyed nurturing biodiversity, providing a refuge for birds and beneficial insects, health of the land, and discouraging invasive plants. Bicycling, kayaking, and hiking in local parks are all ways I nurture my health and well-being.

I see myself as a simple person on a journey, one moment, one choice at a time.