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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 […]

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Diastasis Recti and Pilates

Diastasis Recti can be both helped or worsened with Pilates. Here’s how Pilates can help. Diastasis Recti as defined by the NIH: Diastasis recti is a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the belly area. Most diastasis is seen in pregnant women, where […]

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Review: Pelvic Clock Device for Back Pain

The Pelvic Clock® Device is brilliant for those of us with unstable pelvises and back pain. A few months ago I received an email from the folks behind what was to become my new favorite little exercise device, the Pelvic Clock®. And I did not answer right away. I thought, “This little gadget is small, expensive, […]

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Book Review: Listen…Till You Disappear by Martin Kettelhut, Ph.D.

Rating – 5/5 Stars Martin Kettelhut’s Listen…Till You Disappear is an extremely practical, step-by-step guide to uncovering your limiting thoughts and beliefs, reconciling your past, connecting with others, and crafting your very own awesome future. Martin Kettelhut, PhD Spoiler alert – I went to graduate school with Martin Kettelhut at Temple University. We were very, very close […]

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Why I Am Not A Celebrity Trainer

I am not a celebrity trainer. I may be well known, command high fees, and train celebrities. But I would rather be the help. As many of you know, hubby and I have had several major life changes in the past decade. We sold everything and moved to the Caribbean island of Providenciales in the […]

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Review: Facial Magic Exercises for A Natural Face Lift

You can have the benefits of a face lift (without surgery) from Facial Magic exercises. Several years ago, while we were in the middle of our contracts at Parrot Cay, my husband started to play with my chin wattle. What started as a cutesy joke quickly escalated into a fight. Me: “Don’t play with my […]

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Pilates Teachers – The Spine Shape to Avoid With Osteoporosis

With osteoporosis, or low bone density, the thoracic vertebrae can crush fracture quite easily. This creates a painful hump in the upper back that never goes away. To avoid this fracture, we must teach our clients to avoid loaded thoracic flexion. Here, I explain why.