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 […]


A Globetrotter’s Workout

‘Tis the season to travel. I’ve had many clients ask in the past few weeks how to keep up their Pilates practice while they’re on the road for vacation or work. People, especially here in San Francisco, travel frequently either for the weekend or for extended periods of time, which can make it difficult to […]


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 […]


The High-Intensity Craze: Yay or Nay?

From CrossFit to Barry’s Bootcamp, there seems to be no shortage of high-intensity workout options. They’re all the rage these days in terms of fat loss and body sculpting. But, how do they work? Are there risks? Are there alternatives? Just like Pilates isn’t for everyone, high-intensity exercise isn’t for everyone. It can stress joints […]


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 Hype About Stabilizing

Pilates is founded on the idea of stabilizing. Our teachers are always talking to their clients about muscles that either mobilize or stabilize. Teachers learn through their certification what these terms mean and which muscles fall into each category. In turn, they want to pass that on to their clients. But, I realized that our […]


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 […]


10 Minutes to Total Body Engagement

We’re all short on time. So when you’re doing at-home workouts it’s important to make each exercise really count.  Here are 4 exercises that engage your whole body in just seconds. The key to doing them correctly, to protect yourself against injury, and build functional strength? Alignment and awareness. Going harder, going longer, or doing […]