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Every Subject is Two Subjects

When correcting a misalignment, always consider the two opposing sides of the joint.

A shoulder that’s rounded forward could be due to shortened pectoral muscles and/or it can be due to weak posterior shoulder (rotator cuff) muscles.

Correcting an anterior pelvic tilt to neutral in a...

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Studio Spotlight: C2 in Dedham, MA

Earlier this year, I spontaneously decided to take a Reformer class at C2 Pilates in Dedham, NH.  Signing up over the phone was a breeze. There was a class going on as I arrived at the studio. As is typical for me, I was early because I always want to make sure I find parking and I...

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Spine Corrector Warm Up For Ribcage Mobility

Maybe you've noticed that you or some of your students have ribcages that are stiff and tend to move as a block instead of with fluidity. When one area is tight, it's very common that an area nearby, possibly the lumbar spine, becomes hypermobile. Improving ribcage and thoracic spine...

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Variations are Overrated

I’m personally not a huge fan of variations. Although variety is great and it’s fun to do something different every once in a while, I always choose effectiveness over creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually one of those rare people who like change (most humans are...

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The Magic of the Detail

In traditional exercise, the goal is to make movements bigger, perform more repetitions with more weight. Always pushing the edge of what we can do, working at our limit.

Pilates is different, oh so different!

Maybe you’ve had the experience before where one of your teachers encouraged you...

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What To Look for When Buying a Pilates Magic Circle

There are so many factors to consider when buying a Magic Circle. Plastic or steel? What size is best for the majority in a group class? Are pads necessary for the inside as well as the outside? Check out the video for a breakdown of each feature to help you decide what's best for you and/or your...

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Watch For What’s Counterbalancing

Counterbalancing means that the opposing sides of an area are moving in opposite directions in order to stay balanced. If you add more weight to one side of a scale, you can keep the balance by adding more weight to the other side as well.

In Butterflies or Bent Knee Opening, watch the knee...

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What I'm Not Teaching

Learning never stops with Pilates. There are so many details to consider for each and every exercise, but it doesn’t end there. Those details often need to be applied differently for each and every body practicing them.

What about the exercises we don’t fully understand, yet? Is it...

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Pilates Exercises For Alpine Skiers

If you’re hitting the slopes this year, do your body a favor and include some Pilates exercises that will keep your knees safe and your legs strong so you can tackle that bunny slope black diamond!

In the Programming & Sequencing chapter of the Pilates Encyclopedia, you’ll...

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Why C-Curve Is Okay Even For Someone With A Round Back

In someone with Hyperkyphosis (an overly rounded thoracic spine) the area that’s too round is the upper thoracic area. In a C-Curve exercise, such as Teaser on the Floor (Chair) the focus of the rounding should be in the middle thoracic area around T7-9 which is opposite the xiphoid process...

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