Ellen Cohen-Kaplan is an occupational therapist and a certified personal fitness trainer with a lifelong interest in physical and mental health. She believes the two are inextricably linked, and trains clients with each individual’s special needs, wants and tendencies at the forefront. Ellen brings her 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist helping people recover function after physical and psychological setbacks to her current work as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She strives to help each person maximize his/her unique capacity by collaborating with them to achieve their potential. She believes that with attention to personality, lifestyle, and genetic factors each person can reach or exceed his/her goals and feel more empowered as a result. Ellen uniquely tailors each person’s exercise regimen as each individual has his/her own goals, strengths and challenges. The benefits of exercise are countless. Aside from the well-known ones below, cardio training has been shown to improve memory and clarity of thinking, while the endorphins released after vigorous exercise enhances one’s sense of overall well-being. • Cardiovascular gains can be made through consistent aerobic exercise when done a minimum of 3x/week, but preferably 5 out of 7 days/week. Consistent cardiovascular exercise can minimize risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity and onset of diabetes. • Weight Training imparts a sense of control over one’s body, and slows and can even reverse the effects of women losing 5% of lean body mass per decade, while increasing metabolic rate, even at rest. • Core training strengthens abdominal and back muscles, thus preventing or treating low back pain and poor posture that can lead to a host of other problems. • Flexibility training can restore muscle balance to tight muscles and relieve stiffness and pain due to arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. • Strength training has been shown to slow and/or prevent the onset of osteopenia or osteoporosis in people prone to this problem. • Sport –specific training can prevent an individual’s injury, enhance their level of performance and support and strengthen muscle complexes and movement patterns unique to the sport. Call Ellen at 617-699-1729 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment and take the first step on your journey to optimum health.