Alive Physical Therapy is celebrating its grand opening in Nevada City with a free introductory hula hooping class 7 p.m. today.
“Come out and give us a try,” said class instructor Mags Yen-Chuang Matthews. “If you love hooping, buy a class pack. If you decide hooping is not for you, your class is on us.”
No longer just a child’s toy, hula hoops are growing in popularity for adults.
As seen on “Good Morning America,” Hoopnotica hoop instruction burns calories through dance and fitness.
Matthews has been hooping and teaching Pilates for more than 10 years.
She is a state-licensed physical therapist specializing in women’s health and pelvic health rehabilitation for men and women.
Matthews’ background in treating orthopedic disease gives her special insight into supporting general health and wellness by preventing injury.
Hoopnotica hoops are bigger and heavier than the diminutive hoops sold for kids.
“Hula hooping is a great way to strengthen the pelvis, core, back, arms, and also improves balance. I teach because it’s fun,” she said. “Everyone is laughing and smiling in class, not like most faces at a gym. Most people that have never been able to hoop before can hoop within five minutes.”
“Mags is an outstanding teacher,” said Heidi Rose. “Her classes are fun and joyful, and she breaks down the moves in such a way that I learn much more rapidly than with previous instruction. Hooping has improved my posture and strengthened my core muscles. I don’t have low back pain anymore. It is great exercise that feels like play.”