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Just Breathe

Without getting too personal- last Monday I was in a car accident. I’m fine (!) however, the process I went through really gave me reason to pause and consider breathing (among other things of course).  This consideration is nothing new- most of us know how important our breathing is but it was only after reflecting […]

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Pilates – Method For a Healthy Spine, a Healthy Nervous System and a Fulfilled Life

Pilates and developmental movement – the curvatures of the spine from birth to walking by Katharina Hesse © This piece is really just another look at Pilates and the spine. And yet it is also a piece about much more than that. You might wonder whether there is really anything else that can be shared on […]

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Turn on the Lights – Using Your Dimmer Switch

One of the first concepts  to successfully master Pilates is understandingcentering. In correct centering we start with the deepest, intrinsic muscles of the spine, such the multifidus. The multifidus is a series of muscles connected to the spine. We lengthen and strengthen the spinal muscles through flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion. Our natural curves of the spine […]

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Pilates4Amputees – A Unique Challenge

The amputee client has many unique challenges in order to move in a functional and rewarding way.  They have the practical issues of asymmetry, altered lever arms, altered muscle origins and insertions, stump care, the huge challenge of prosthetic function to learn and adjust to.  Added to this is the nervous system changes and challenges […]

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Posture Perfect: Matters of Alignment

Posture is the alignment of our skeleton within the body.   Pilates teaches us how to consciously discover our natural or neutral alignment throughout the body.  Given enough practice, we transfer these experiences so our everyday life so that our alignment is now subconscious.  This is true for both good and poor posture, as  “practice makes […]