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Pilates

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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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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The Exercises We LOVE the Most

In honor of “Love Day” this month (this is what my son’s favorite show calls it), I thought we’d share the exercises we love the most with you! For this week, it’s my favorite mat exercise… If you’ve ever taken my mat class, you know that I LOVE Rolling Like a Ball.  There’s something so […]

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Come as you are!

I often hear people say “I have to lose weight before I try Pilates” or “I can’t do Pilates because I’m not very strong or flexible”. PEOPLE!  THIS IS WHY WE DO PILATES!   We do Pilates to get stronger, more flexible, have less pain, and to build the body we want (although weight loss has […]

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Pilates is a practice…

“As class went on, I was often a beat behind the other dancers who knew Pilates’s exercises. Slowly I began to realize that here, it was allowed to make mistakes. Corrections might be quick and clear, but there was no malice or shame in them. The concentration was on learning. And I suddenly felt free […]

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Why YOU should do Pilates

Having been a huge Pilates fan for many years, I have been asked many many times what it is and why people should do it. So, here’s why. Pilates is a system of exercises that is designed to help return our bodies to functioning as closely to how they were designed to move as possible. […]

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