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Progress, not perfection…

Those who know me know that I don’t vacation well.  There’s so much work to be done to get ready to leave, sleeping away from home, and I don’t disconnect from work easily.  So, this year, I tried to find ways to make myself vacation better because I know it’s good for me.  I succeeded […]

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Workout buddies…

I was reminded this week of how great it is to workout with a partner as I watched a mother/daughter, husband/wife, and good friends take classes together. Why? Because you have someone to laugh with, struggle with, be accountable to, and bond with. So, bring a friend or family member – or make a friend that […]

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It’s time to celebrate!!

It’s time to celebrate! We’re celebrating so much.  The studio.  Pilates.  Most importantly, YOU! We could not be here without you, and we appreciate all of your support.  We love that we get to come to the studio and see you. So we’re having a party this Saturday from 1-5pm.  We made it an open […]

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Not the Meditating Type? Neither Am I. Except…

Meditation?!?  Sometimes that word is really intimidating. Most days there’s no way that I’m going to sit still for longer than about 2 minutes without falling asleep or getting up to get something done.  And quiet freaks me out. But we all know the amazing health benefits of meditation…we’ve seen articles about it for years. And […]

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How do your armpits help keep your spine safe?

OK, I know sometimes I say things that really don’t make sense…but this isn’t one of those times.  As you learned in my last post, the muscle that feels like it’s your armpit, your Serratus Anterior, keeps your scapula (shoulder blade) attached to your ribcage, helps stabilize it, and helps the whole shoulder move properly.  […]

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Why I’m Obsessed With Your Armpits

If you’ve ever taken a class with me, you have heard me talk about your armpits more than once.  I know it’s a little odd, but once you find what I mean, you feel a huge difference in how you’re doing whatever exercise you’re doing.  But you may not understand what happened, so I thought […]

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It’s all about the opposition…

By now, you know that Pilates is supposed to be hard.  It doesn’t often look that way, but you know the internal work and the quest for proper muscle activation and alignment makes it so challenging. But sometimes you’re in class and you know that the exercise you’re doing is feeling too easy. You have […]

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A Little Bit of Pilates History

Around 2000, Pilates exploded on to the scene. Suddenly, we were surrounded by Mari Winsor infomercials, celebrity endorsements, and Pilates studios popping up all over town. But, where did this method come from?  And why did it suddenly appear? The method began with Joseph Pilates.  Born in 1883 in Germany, he was a sick child […]

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Celebrate with us!

Who doesn’t love a chance to celebrate?!  Especially when we’re celebrating ourselves, our strength, our beauty, our accomplishments, and our powerful bodies! Benjamin Degenhardt started March MATness in 2013 as a way to liven up his social media accounts, and it took off!  Now, people from around the world participate – it’s become a THING. […]

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The Exercises We LOVE…part 4

So, all of the exercises we’ve talked about are great, but how often do we roll like a ball or sit in stomach massage position outside of Pilates class? The last of my favorite exercises that I want to share with you is marching on the Ped-a-Pul.  It’s standing and highlights any imbalance that will […]

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