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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 […]

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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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How To Choose Your Pilates Teacher

I was contacted a few months ago by the folks at Porch.com to contribute to an article about setting up a Pilates space at home. My question was, “How do you choose your best Pilates teacher?” The original article, which gives information on everything from home equipment to the Pilates principles and how to breathe […]

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Book Review: Chelsea Streifeneder’s Studio Shape Up

If you own a pilates (fitness, yoga, dance) studio, you need Studio Shape Up! I have to start this review with a confession. Chelsea Streifeneder sent me an advanced reader copy of Studio Shape Up back in January. Yes, January! And I actually read it right away, because I know that Chelsea never does anything half-assed and expected […]