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March 1, 2019

Is it possible that after 18 years of teaching Pilates as a certified teacher, plus ALL those years before while a student as a teen dancer, I am falling back in love with Pilates all over again?

I'll be honest. I didn’t love Pilates when I started.  In fact, I hated it.  There were many days I used to come home from my sessions feeling totally dejected and end up in tears.  Facing all your inabilities, weaknesses and years of...

June 24, 2018

Did you know you could be practicing Pilates everyday before you walk out the door?  Becoming more functionally sound so that you can be moving with more freedom and ease, means applying your Pilates knowledge during the hours and days you're NOT at Pilates.  Applying the principles and postural alignments you've be learning while at work, at home, at play and even while brushing your teeth or sitting in the car....

August 18, 2017

The latest workplace ergonomics fad is the adjustable stand up desk. 

All in all this has been a wonderful upgrade to the standard workstation.  There are a still a couple important elements to keep in mind.

Whether you're sitting or standing, the placement of everything is still key for sustained postural mechanics. The relation of the monitor to eye level, mouse to elbow and wrist, chair support and height of hips to feet...

July 31, 2017

How can a repetitively mundane and involuntary act of breathing possess the power of healing?

For over a decade (yup, I've been teaching for over 17 years) I've taught the importance of lateral breathing to improve posture, function and performance. 17 years later, I'm taking my daughter to a meditation class to share the power of breath in order to manage life.  In our first class the instructor tells us to write on a pap...

September 15, 2016

Quick Tip Pilates Tuesdays means another Pilates Minute to add to your personal database of applying functional Pilates to your daily living and fitness programs.  Find links to each video with updates here!

Check out the Quick Tip Pilates Minute Playlist Here!

Quick Tip Pilates Minute #1--Daily Core

Quick Tip Pilates Minute Challenge #1--Neutral Spine

Quick Tip Pilates Minute Challenge #2--Create your own resistance

Quick Tip Pila...

September 14, 2016

One of the most important "core" muscles is the deepest layer of abdominal muscles called the transversus abdominis. They are often referred to by many other names including the lower abs, the core, your inner unit, or your powerhouse. Though all these references do ring true, the transverse abdominals are very important for stabilizing the pelvis and spine and allow the body to perform at its best.

Since the transverse abdomin...

August 18, 2016

Do you know exactly WHAT muscles are your "core mucles"?  Wonder what it truly means to engage them?

There are actually FOUR main elements that form a cylinder of support for your pelvis and spine and when they are strong and work together they form that all important "core." A strong core gives you more power, better efficiency, and the ability to increase performance levels.

Here's what you need to know...

1.      Diaphragm/Br...

December 9, 2015

No, not the supposed pressed fruit pasted to plastic you find in the grocery store and eat.  I'm talking the spine articulating, abdominal controling, often done poorly roll up that most of my clients do nearly every week during their Pilates sessions with me.

Don't take it for granted...a lot can be said about that darn roll up.  Can you curl your spine up off the floor one vertebrae at a time?  Without lifting your legs?...

January 10, 2015

Happy New Year!

 

Here's a resolution that may not only ease some aches and pains in your body but one you could easily keep...especially if you got your New Year's present from the studio!

 

Here's how to use your bouncy ball to roll out your feet and use on accupressure points on the bottom of your feet to alleviate back pain:

 

1.  With steady and even pressure, roll the bottom of one foot starting at the metatarsal/ball moving d...

September 6, 2014

Dynamic Movement is a youth program for dancers and high performance athletes. Having been working on this program since I can remember, I use exercises specifically designed for each dancer/athlete (literally!) to increase performance levels, translate strengths and range of motion into skills and decrease injuries (or help recovery).  The more complicated the skills, the more components that make up that skill.  Dynamic Move...

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