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The Benefits of Taking Advanced Courses

November 6, 2013

You’ve been practicing and mastering all the material in your foundational courses. You know how to perform the essential and intermediate exercises. Your personal strength, endurance, and stability have grown throughout your course work. The intermediate exercises are becoming easier and you have seen your body make subtle transformations. Teaching the beginning and intermediate work is becoming more natural, you’re learning what props and modifications to use,…

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How Pilates Builds Strength Faster with Good Form

August 12, 2013

A long term student said to me the other day: “I feel like I’m not very strong. I do very little strength training outside of Pilates class, and part of me would like to be stronger but not bulky. I know sometimes I need to reduce the springs in Pilates because my form suffers but how do I push myself correctly so I get stronger?”

I wanted to share…

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A Different Way to Change Your Body

July 23, 2013

I just took an amazing workshop with STOTT PILATES® Master Instructor Trainer, Kim Kraushar at the Mindful Movement Conference in Los Angeles. The content of the workshop was fabulous– she taught creative, new exercises with wonderful cues. But I really loved Kim’s big picture commentary. One of my favorite things she said was that, “There is this idea going around that in order to change your body you…

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Creating a Better Athlete

July 5, 2013

Pilates is wonderful for everyone. The benefits are numerous but why would someone want to add Pilates if they are training for a marathon or triathlon?

If someone is already highly athletic, Pilates will make them stronger, more stable, provide body awareness and protect the joints while creating a solid core. Increasing your core strength and stability is a key ingredient to being a better athlete.

The body movements…

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Beware of Pilates Tricks

July 2, 2013

Many of my clients have asked me about Pilates videos posted on YouTube where instructors are doing crazy ‘tricks’ (not the exercise pictured) and getting tens of thousands of views. Some of my clients are excited to try them, while others hope that they’ll eventually get there.

I’m sure…

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Sit, Don’t Collapse

July 1, 2013

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We sit down. Then stand up. Over and over, all day long. We sit/stand at least 40 times or more a day.

Riding a commuter train today got me thinking about HOW we sit/stand. Every time someone sat down near me on the train- thump, plop. Young and old, they proved people do…

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Dropping Weight Alleviates Joint Pain

June 11, 2013

Let me break it down: it’s estimated that a force of nearly three to six times one’s body weight is exerted across the knee while walking.

Being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds with each step.And its not just the knees that bear the this increase in stress, but the hips, ankles, back, and basically every joint.

Many clients come to…

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Taming the Psoas

May 27, 2013

Constructive RestThe psoas is very susceptible to being tight because of our daily activities. Sitting for long periods of a the time at the computer, driving, running and even exercise. Pilates can help bring the psoas back to a relaxed, responsive and supportive position so that it can do it’s job properly.

Last week…