Mind Body

Summer Reading List for the Body

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 in Anatomy, Health & Nutrition, Mind Body, Pilates, Summer | 0 comments

What is the summer without a good book to tote along to the beach, pool, or simply take to that hammock swinging beneath the trees in your own back yard?  I’ve ‘raided’ my personal library to entertain my crave for summer reading and I thought I’d share some of the titles sitting in my reading basket.  Yes, I keep an actual basket of reading materials by my bed-side – shocker – not everything is on my iPad! So, I’m kind of a body geek, you might imagine, and truth is I don’t really read a ton of fiction.  Because of that, my list is rather inspired by latest pursuits with respect to fascia –...

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Become a “Pro” at Proprioception

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in Balance, Mind Body | 0 comments

Proprioception, or body awareness is like a sixth sense. It informs the body of where your limbs and your torso are in space consciously and unconsciously. The Pilates method calls for attentiveness to form so that there is no wasted effort or undue tension. The starting point for anyone’s form however, begins in the individual’s perception and negotiating their center of gravity in space.

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7 Keys To Your Best Cat Stretch

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in At the Studio, De-Stress, Mind Body, Pilates, To the Core | 0 comments

Because the Cat Stretch is such a great exercise, not just for Pilates, but across many disciplines, you can imagine there are many variations on how to perform it. These are the most common adjustments I give to people when cueing the Cat Stretch (Neutral and Flexion) so they can achieve greater length in the spine, and connect more precisely with the abdominals.

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Bridge to a Summer Bum

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 in Anatomy, At the Studio, Get Toned!, Mind Body, Pilates, Summer, To the Core | 0 comments

I love this exercise because, the Bridge as a Pilates Fundamental, makes you focus on both stabilizing through the lower body, while articulating your pelvis and spine. While it looks deceivingly simple, this really is a powerful movement that targets the abdominals, back muscles, hamstrings and glutes, while at the same time challenging awareness of the spine and pelvis.

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Spring Routine, Take 1…And Action!

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 in Get Toned!, Goals, Mind Body, Pilates, Summer, To the Core | 0 comments

Spring cleaning gets us in the mood to switch out wardrobe, open the windows for fresh air, and in some cases get back to some of those longed-for routines.  Weekend grilling, taking the kids to the playground and breaking out the gardening tools.  This season, why not “spring clean” and introduce some new activities into the mix?  Isn’t there something you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t yet? Below are my suggestions for shaking-up the ordinary and setting you on an adventure. Best of all, these activities will bring out the skills from your Pilates workouts since they all involve using...

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Resolution Refresh – 1st Quarter Run Down

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in At the Studio, Goals, Mind Body, Pilates | 0 comments

While the new year isn’t so new anymore, that doesn’t mean you can’t do a Resolution Refresh. Find all the good nuggets in your first 90 days of 2014 and keep cheering yourself on! And while you’re at it, maybe you should mark the calendar for another 90 days and check in with those 3 questions. I’ll be you’ll have some great wins for the scoreboard.

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