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Chung Yueh-Ching

Chung, Yueh-Ching was formerly a professional modern dancer, teacher and choreographer. She was on the dance faculties of the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, the Academy of Performing Arts High School and the School of the Hartford Ballet for 18 years. Her concern for people's health and well-being subsequently influenced her to switch her focus from dance performance and teaching to health improvement through both eastern and western techniques.

Ching is a nationally certified and Connecticut licensed massage therapist. She is fully certified in all levels of STOTT PILATESĀ® mat and apparatus. A former student of Aaron L. Mattes, Ching is a highly qualified instructor of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), a unique approach to increasing range of motion developed by the internationally recognized Aaron L. Mattes.

Ching's commitment to ongoing education in all areas of health and well-being prompted her to become proficient in both eastern and western approaches wellness. She has studied Qigong and Taijiquan with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, world-renown for his work in the martial and healing arts. These complementary, traditional oriental exercises and practices emphasize the connection between the physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual, and Ching teaches them in a style that is simple, direct and thorough. Heights of Wellness (HOW) is a state-of-the-art studio. Founder-Director Chung, Yueh- Ching established the studio in 2005. Base on her philosophy of wellness and her pursuit of both eastern and western healing techniques.

Ching has created a comfortable environment for people to learn how to improve their health and quality of life. In addition to therapeutic massage, there are classes in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Pilates (mat and apparatus), Qigong, and Taijiquan. With 25 some years of teaching experience and countless hands on sessions, She would like to continue bring people together learn and practice the power of one's potential.

Like the tale of the Chinese boy who preferred to learn how to turn a rock to gold rather than just be given a rock of the precious metal, Ching helps her students learn techniques that will facilitate their journey to wellness.

Yueh Ching Chung is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved Provider.

Elaine Szczepankowski

"Working with individuals one-on-one allows me to develop a relationship with each client and focus on his or her specific needs and goals. When someone comes back feeling good, that's my pat on the back!"

Elaine Szczepankowski has always enjoyed a variety of core-strengthening exercises and weight training, but several years ago at Workout World, she discovered Pilates. Her rapid progress and delight in this approach to physical well-being was obvious, and WOW encouraged her to further her study and become an instructor. What had started as just another approach to fitness became a passion, and Elaine proceeded to become certified by the National Exercise Trainers Association. Totally hooked, she followed up with more intensive training in Stott Pilates adding mat work, reformer and props to expand on her expertise.

As Elaine pursued more classes, she was surprised by how much she discovered about her own body and realized that teaching Pilates could be mutually beneficial and satisfying. Sensitive to her clients' needs, she enjoys the challenge of modifying exercises to accommodate varying abilities and limitations. Through Pilates, Elaine strives to improve peoples' lives with a meaningful experience that embraces body, mind and spirit.

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