Motion is Lotion

When I first began teaching Pilates in the late 1990’s, everyone talked about it as “mind-body” exercise. That idea is no longer as prevalent in marketing Pilates, however the concept is still at the heart of what Pilates is and does for a practitioner. I asked orthopedic surgeon and author Barry Rose his thoughts on […]


Jumping Back Into Life: Recovery after Joint Replacement

For many of our clients, and millions of Americans, joint replacements can mean the difference between an active life and a life of chronic pain. Thankfully joint replacement surgery has become a feasible option for more people than ever. With shorter recovery times and longer life spans of the replaced joint, this surgery can give […]


The Mystery Muscle

Piriformis syndrome is a disorder caused by compression or irritation to the sciatic nerve which creates sciatica type symptoms such as pain from the tingling and numbness in the buttock and down the back of the leg. It’s important to have a medical professional rule out true sciatica, which is compression or irritation of the […]


Managing Back Pain

From a small ache to debilitating pain, 80% of people will experience back pain in their lifetimes. For some, an episode will occur once but for others, pain will become chronic. It can compromise an individual’s quality of life: keep a parent from enjoying time with their young children, affect daily routines, cause an athlete […]


The Importance of Corrections

If you’ve ever taken a Pilates class or private session at Blue Sparrow Pilates, you probably noticed how many corrections our instructors give; corrections about form, movement quality and muscle engagement. They cue, adjust, describe, and take the time to really explain an idea. Maybe it feels like we’re nitpicking about something that doesn’t matter […]



5 Essential Steps to Curb the Curve

Curb the curve, straighten the slouch, perfect the posture.  However you want to refer to it, we are all becoming increasingly slouchy creatures. Our modern lifestyle requires a huge number of people to sit (and usually slouch) at computers all day, in their cars or huddled over their phone. People with sedentary lifestyles often perpetuate […]