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Root Pilates invites everyone to anniversary celebration

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Root Pilates in Bandera will celebrate its first anniversary Thursday, Nov. 17.

"We will be holding an open house to give thanks to our valued customers and invite new people to explore the many benefits of Pilates," said owner and operator Eleanor Jenschke.

The open house will be held at the Root Pilates studio, located above the Dogleg Coffeehouse at 315a Main St., from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

As part of the celebration, Root Pilates will be offering exclusive deals, a drawing for door prizes valued at up to $40, a free gift with the purchase of select packages, and an assortment of refreshments throughout the event.

Root Pilates was established in November 2010. Based on a hope to help everyday people understand and appreciate their bodies, the atmosphere is more spa-like than gym-like.

Centrally located, Root Pilates remains a clean, peaceful environment to gather with friends to enjoy group classes or to have some much needed "me time."

Pilates is a type of exercise that focuses on abdominal strength, and increasing functional strength, flexibility, and awareness throughout the body. Root Pilates has the latest in Pilates equipment, offers private and semi-private lessons, group classes for beginner through advanced clients, and even Pilates for equestrians.

Root Pilates offers 12 group classes a week, morning and evening, Monday through Friday, and private lessons can be booked throughout the day.
Jenschke is a resident of Bandera.
She has been fully certified in Pilates through the Kelly Kane School of Core Integration. As a result, she has a strong understanding of functional anatomy and her teaching style emphasizes proper technique.

The Kane School certification is a rigorous training program that combines classic principles of Pilates with a modern, clinical perspective on the human body. It is known world-wide for its anatomy-based approach, which goes beyond choreography to explain why exercises work. Students study biomechanics, postural imbalances and common injuries.

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates in Germany, the UK and the USA. There are over 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.

Jenschke's equestrian pilates program focuses on the special needs of riders. "We work on balance and opening up the chest, and developing strength in the pelvis and hips," she said. "It contributes to better posture and form."

Jenschke has been doing pilates for about 12 years. "My mother introduced me to it. She was doing it and, for me, it just really made things click," said Jenschke. "It made me pay attention to my body and how it functions."

Jenschke and her husband live on a ranch where she raises a small herd of goats and attempts to maintain a vegetable garden.

For more information, call 830-796-7600, email:, or go to the website at