At The Barre Valencia we love it when new students walk through our doors.
Upon arrival we are always there to greet our newcomers with a smile and take them on a tour of our facility. It’s fun to see them marvel at the beautiful locker room and inquire about the neon signs and beautiful Alo retail, but what is most rewarding is walking them upstairs to the studio. From the minute their feet hit the first step, their reaction is always the same. A smile creeps across their face, they instantly relax, and they look to one of us and say in a quiet voice, “This floor is like heaven.”
Flooring: It is the single most important aspect of a properly designed barre studio and low impact barre class. What type of flooring a studio decides to use is a true testament as to what type of quality facility, teaching, and barre method you will encounter.
Our feet are a marvel of engineering. Together, our two feet contain more than 50 bones, accounting for about one-fourth of all the bones in our body. Our feet also have more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold them together and help them move. Thus, despite the distance from our heart, the health of our feet, affect our overall health and muscular stability.
Barre can only be low impact if done on a well-designed, protective surface. In my 10 plus years of teaching, I have encountered numerous students that have injured themselves while doing barre on improper surfaces such as slippery laminate, hard wood or industrial grade carpet.
When barre exercises are done on hard surfaces, the feet become fatigued and worn. When this happens, joints, muscles, tendons and surrounding ligaments become strained and begin to compensate. This leads to injuries not only in the feet, but in the ankles, knees, hips and back.
At The Barre Valencia, we are known for excellence, safety and effectiveness. Our floor is custom made. On top of our foundation is a 1 ½ inch thick, specialty made pad that is laced with memory foam to cushion joints and laid on top of that is the highest grade royal blend carpet that enables students to firmly plant their feet in every exercise. The end result is a stable foundation that guarantees zero impact on joints, tendons and ligaments, and full effectiveness for muscle contraction. We are designed to keep you injury free so your body can perform at its highest level.
New to barre? Looking for a studio specializing in technique and form? Come give us a try! We look forward to meeting you!