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Podcast Episode 1

You may have heard the phrase “neutral spine” in a Pilates or other exercise class, and I bet that neither you nor the trainer who said it understands what neutral spine means. There’s a reason for that…. The Pilates Goddess Podcast, Episode 1 – The Myth of Neutral Spine

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The State of Pilates

You may be aware that there is another lawsuit brewing in Pilates-land. Sean Gallagher owns the Pilates estate, and therefore many of the old photos of Joe, Clara, and their clients.  He and his crew have taken to reporting any social media account that uses a photo he owns, and often these accounts are taken […]

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Another Pilates Lawsuit?

Yes, there is yet another Pilates lawsuit happening in the Pilates community! The year that I opened my first Pilates studio, as we were searching out names and writing marketing copy, I started hearing whispers about studios getting Cease & Desist letters from the attorneys representing a man named Sean Gallagher and Pilates, Inc. Gallagher […]

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Osteoporosis Is A Public Health Crisis

I talk a lot about osteoporosis and the importance of weight-bearing exercise. This past week, I read at least five news articles, from 4 different countries, that all said the same thing – osteoporosis is a public health crisis, and most people don’t know they have it until they break a weakened bone. According to […]

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Memorial Day Sale

On this Memorial Day Weekend, I remember my Dad, and my Uncle Bob, both WWII veterans. I look at my Dad’s flag in it’s plain wooden case, and give thanks for the people who protect us. In honor of my 33rd year of teaching Pilates, enjoy 33% savings this Memorial Day weekend on the following […]

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Pelvic Floor Health and Why So Many Adults Pee Their Pants

Am I really writing an entire blog post about urinary incontinence? Yes, I am! I was at CVS the other day, and happened to run through the underwear protection aisle (I lump all pad products, whether they be for menstrual blood or urine, together as underwear protection). Since my hysterectomy 24 years ago, I haven’t […]

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Deep Core Strength Shown to Prevent Back Pain

People Feel & Function Better When They Do Pilates We in Pilates have been talking about back pain and exercise for decades. And while a whole host of anecdotal evidence does point to the deep core strengthening of Pilates as a huge help in preventing and treating back pain, the scientific evidence has been scant. […]

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My Top 3 Functional Exercises (that will help you look and feel great)

What is a functional exercise, anyway? I consider a functional exercise to be one that works with a movement pattern that we use all the time, helps correct imbalances in that movement pattern, and builds strength. Other people may define that differently, but this is my definition. If it doesn’t work with a common movement […]

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Why I Do Pilates

I realized today that I have been doing Pilates since 1986/7, which is a solid 30 years. Pilates feels like home to me. It is so familiar, but can be so different depending on whether I have a teacher and on how my body is doing. But in the end I can boil my love […]

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Breathing

Breathing in Pilates and everywhere else is crucial on many levels. Proper breathing helps everything! Breathing comes up a lot in the Pilates studio. In fact, one of the first exercises we teach new clients is the Hundred, which involves a whole lot of breathing in flexion. A while ago I taught a workshop on […]