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How Do I Encourage Focus in My Students Without Sounding Like A Hippie Guru?

Q: When I begin a class with breathing it sometimes feels more like a yoga or meditation session than preparing for movement. How do I get clients to leave the world outside behind and start to focus on the class? How can I help them stop the mind from wandering without sounding like a hippie...

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How To Explain Pilates?

Q: How do you explain what Pilates is? My first statement is “It's not yoga.” Then I say “Pilates teaches functional movement to help you get through your day. It strengthens your core and helps improve your posture.”


A: I like your answer. It's short and sweet and to the...

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Ask Not What to Get, But What to Get Rid Of

Pilates is different, don’t you know it. No matter how often I try to explain the method to a new student, it’s still difficult to get across, especially to someone who approaches Pilates with a fitness mindset. So naturally, I listen closely to students when they describe in their...

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Should you Choose Round Back or Flat Back Exercises?

 

Have you ever wondered whether you should choose the flat back version of Short Box on the Reformer or Ladder Barrel or the round back version?


If you were trained classically, then you might do both, but if your approach is more contemporary or rehab oriented, you might be unsure of what’s...

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The Difference between Climb a Tree on the Reformer and the Ladder Barrel

Have you every wondered why you would choose one over the other? I'll try and give you some guidelines.

First of all, just by looking at the two apparatuses, the most obvious and visible differences between the two pieces are:

  1. The barrel is round while the box on the Reformer is rectangular.
  2. The...
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Manage Plantar Fasciitis with Pilates

I'm seeing more and more people at my studio suffering from plantar fasciitis (PF). PF has a tendency to linger around for a while; it seems to be difficult to get rid of, which might be one of the reasons for the increased number of people dealing with this painful condition. Inactivity...

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What Joe Learned From Newton

Joseph Pilates talks several times in his books about the importance of following the laws of nature when exercising. He unfortunately never specifies to which laws he is referring.

I came - undeniably a bit late in my life - across Newton's third law which states: For every action, there is an...

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To Tuck or Not To Tuck When Lying On Your Stomach

 

I received a question the other day about positioning the spine and pelvis while on your stomach. Are we supposed to tuck under?

 

  • If you feel your lumbar spine shortening and compressing, then keep lengthening the tailbone, thighs and feet back towards your heels.
  • Be aware of how it feels...
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The Neutral Spine vs. The Imprinted Spine

 

Neutral versus Imprinted.  Which is better?  What’s the difference?  I get these questions all the time and in the video below I’ll show you why an imprinted spine is transitional towards our goal of a neutral, natural spine and why your abdominal wall plays a huge role...

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Enough Shoulders Down Already!

 

"Pull the shoulders away from the ears." 

I bet that was a good reminder for you, wasn't it? Most of us carry our shoulders as earrings. Yep guys, you too!

But if we think of the same cue over and over and over, we tend to shoot beyond the perfect position, and start overdoing it. Too much...

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