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Dailey Method celebrates 1 year

Published: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 7:20 a.m. CDT
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ST. CHARLES – For the past year, the Dailey Method in St. Charles has been applying its mission to help students become their strongest selves, mentally and physically.

Aimee Higgs, who owns the Dailey Method at 9 North Second St. with Julie Fitzpatrick, said the business is celebrating its anniversary this week by offering free classes this weekend, a hip-hop class for children and refreshments.

Higgs said anyone can succeed in the class, even if working out hasn’t always been a regimen. The class, which combines elements of yoga and ancient principals of alignment, can be tailored to fit just about anyone’s capabilities, she said. And it doesn’t take long to notice results.

“If you do it three times a week, at the end of the fourth week, you’ll feel stronger and your clothes will fit differently,” Higgs said. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve worked out for years. We find muscles you didn’t even know you had.”

Teachers at the studio focus on small movements to create long, lean muscles. They incorporate ballet barres, mats and straps to allow students to move deeper into different positions. The format of each class is the same, but Higgs said there are hundreds of different exercises students can do during each class.

Higgs said there are 50 Dailey Method studios nationwide, with 10 in the Chicago area. Jill Dailey founded the business in California in 1991.

Higgs said she wanted the St. Charles location to feel like a community, which is why she included a seating area with colorful couches, a children’s play area and a spacious locker room.

“We want to create an atmosphere for men and women to come feel accepted and leave feeling so fabulous, successful and stronger in mind and body than when they came in,” she said. “This is an atmosphere that’s safe. There’s no competition. Although it’s a classroom setting, it’s a very personal workout.”

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