Pilates Goes Green; Hollywood's Eco-Friendly Fitness Sanctuary, Harmony Studios Pledges to Plant Trees with American Forests Every Time You Attend a Class

Nestled in the heart of West Hollywood, hidden amongst treetop balconies and sun-dappled gardens, is Harmony Studios. Specializing in personalized Pilates regimens and intimate group classes - all on state of the art equipment. The studio developed their philosophy by blending traditional 'get-in-shape, stay-in-shape' sensibilities, with a core focused connection between mind and body. And now it wishes to expand that mind-body connection by planting trees by donating to American Forests.

Los Angeles, CA, May 19, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Harmony Studios claims to have always had an eco-conscience, by refusing to use cleaning products containing dangerous chemicals and using only earth friendly alternatives, while cutting down their carbon footprint by switching many of their appliances to the energy saving options where available.

And this Summer marks another milestone for Harmony Studios and its quest to do good for all; beginning May 18th, 2011 Harmony pledges to plant 10 trees for every new client package purchased and 1 tree for every Pilates class attendee. For an estimated 5,000 trees by 2012.

The environment is in peril and there is no doubt that the planet needs help. Which is why Harmony Studios is proud to take part in helping to protect the environment by pledging a portion of its proceeds to the global reforestation of native trees via monthly charitable donations to American Forests.

Now when clients workout at Harmony Studios, not only will they be supporting their health, they'll also be supporting the Green Movement by helping the planet just through their love of Pilates.

Since the dance community embraced it back in the 1920s, the Pilates method has been enthusiastically endorsed as an exercise capable of building long, lean muscles without adding bulk, gradually moving to the forefront as a gentle fitness option known for its ability to elongate the spine through realignment, improving overall flexibility and restoring height. This is why there has been so much mention in the media about celebrities engaging in regular Pilates workouts.

Karen Schwalbe-Jones is the owner of Harmony Studios, and has built Harmony from the ground up, whilst earning a reputation for results that has helped establish her, and her staff of trainers, as go-to gurus within L.A.'s celebrity circles, as well as industry professionals, seeking a slim and supremely strong figure a-la-Sex-and-The-City's-Samantha, played by Kim Cattral. Karen can boast quite a few high profile clients, but she chooses not to be a gossip girl by name-dropping, and stands by her commitment to making sure Harmony is a sanctuary for all its members, celebs included.

Karen is an alumni of UCLA and has earned multiple degrees; in both Kinesiology (the science of human movement) and Psychology. She has had over 19 years of weight training and rehabilitation experience, contributing to her ability to provide clients with well-rounded physical, mental and emotional health.

“Pilates is the most complete approach that encourages people to connect their minds with their bodies,” Karen explains, "and all of what we do as human beings begins with the neurological and appears in the physical, therefore, how well we condition our brain to create physical responses, is how strong we can become."

An owner with a very involved and hands-on approach, Karen has hand-picked each trainer on her team and she also personally sees to it that each new client receives the best possible assessment to ensure they are paired with their ideal trainer and receive a workout plan that caters to his or her specific needs - whether for rehabilitative or general fitness purposes.

All of Harmony's trainers are licensed and skilled Pilates practitioners with extensive knowledge of their craft, enabling them to work with special populations such as pre and post natal, geriatrics, MS and stroke patients.

Harmony has a unique way of increasing the quality of life for everyone involved, covering all the bases in providing clients with a 100% effective workout that has positive all-encompassing mind/body results -no matter what their fitness needs- and all without the strenuous or tedious repetitions, typically associated with fitness routines.

Harmony offers all of the above within a spacious, tranquil environment surrounded by treetop balconies and sun-dappled gardens and uses only state of the art Pilates equipment, all of which is supplemented by a Gyrotonic Expansion System™ and a variety of cardiovascular machines and weights.

Harmony Studios is located in West Hollywood at 8440 Santa Monica Blvd.

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Jasmine Phelps