Most people have a favorite coffee shop, nail salon, hair salon, and mechanic. What are the factors that makes us pick one place for a certain service and declare from then on that it’s ‘our favorite’? And how do those same factors play in to our choice of a Pilates studio for our personal practice? The first thing we all want to feel when we call to book an appointment, or walk into a space to make a purchase is that we are being treated respectfully and professionally.
Mother of two active boys ages 2 and 4, our client Ashley Mullen has had to find innovative ways to keep up her self-care routine. Ashley shares the benefits she has experienced through her regular practice of Pilates both in the studio and more recently virtually via our live Zoom platform. If you think you’re too busy and don’t have the time to prioritize your health, find out why you should make the time for it!
As we wrap up month six of the COVID pandemic, we are all feeling strained and stressed to the maximum. We have hit a collective wall and are feeling drained after months of constant readapting and reinventing ourselves and our lives to stay healthy and keep those we love healthy as well. One of my greatest challenges is maintaining my mental health through all of this.
Over the years as an instructor and as a studio owner I have had many conversations with individuals who hesitate to think that Pilates is an exercise method designed with people like them in mind. Let me share some examples with you. “I’m too old.” “I’m not in shape.” “Isn’t Pilates just for women?” and “I won’t fit in.” Pilates is for you! It is for every body!
We’ve all been there. Sunday we’re planning for and thinking about the week ahead and we have a million ideas of what we want to accomplish including what workouts we’re going to do. Then… Monday morning happens. Sometimes regardless of how motivated we felt just the day before, the start of the week seems to derail our good intentions. How can Pilates help?
If you have never practiced Pilates in a studio environment, the experience of walking into a studio for the first time may seem intimidating. Making sure you feel heard, seen, and welcome during your initial contact and visit with a studio will ensure a positive experience down the road. Here is some helpful advice for navigating finding your Pilates community.
Pilates can help you experience more zest and joy in your role as a mother. But as with all change, there are challenges too: back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles), pelvic floor dysfunction, and swelling. All of this is often exacerbated by the lack of sleep and rest so common in motherhood. Through my personal experience I can confidently say that Pilates has helped me every step of the way.
We have seen tremendous improvements and progress across the board. Clients who are regularly doing this work have been getting incredibly strong! And many have added more advanced exercises into the regular repertoire. Clients’ endurance has also improved and those participating in more cardio based classes are finding this aspect of their wellness also improving significantly.
It seems so simple and yet many people struggle to make sure they get fresh air daily. Often our busy schedules get us so wrapped up that we forget to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and get some sunshine on our faces. Pilates In The Park can help! Our fun, refreshing, and challenging workouts will have you happy you made the time to go outdoors.