We tend to live our daily lives with little awareness of what our bodies are doing. We often find ourselves breathless and feeling “scatter brained” because we’re trying to take too much in at once as well as process too much information at once. The constant bombardment of distractions and “noise” makes us lose focus and connection to our outside world, but most importantly to our inner being. When we lose those connections, it becomes a free for all. We often feel out of control, exhausted, and have trouble concentrating. A consistent and meaningful Pilates practice is way of returning home, going inward – reconnecting who we are on the inside, our inner strength and vitality. By experiencing joyful movement from a connected place regularly, we start to find the ability to reconnect with the world around us again from a place of more awareness and patience.
If your goal is to lose weight, Pilates can support you in ways that may seem quite unexpected. For example, as we focus on connecting with our breath and sharpening our ability to concentrate, we learn to slow down and perceive what is happening in our bodies. When those principles are applied to the dinner table, you will notice yourself feeling more capable of slowing down and reflecting consciously on the choices you are making in terms of your nutrition. The same benefits also help us manage our anxiety and stress better which means that we can better regulate the amount of stress hormones being released into our bloodstream at any given time which have been found to be connected to weight gain issues in many cases. A consistent Pilates practice will also help you tone areas of your body that you perhaps want to address.
A year ago today we closed the doors to our studio due to the COVID-19 mandates. We have faced hurdle after hurdle this year just trying to stay open and in business. I want to THANK my team. We have pivoted endlessly from week to week. My team has stood right by my side, trusting my leadership, and caring for our studio’s clients with all their professionalism and dedication. I also want to THANK our incredible studio members. Your love for the work we do inspires and motivates us every single day to keep doing the work we love and feel called to do. If this year has taught us anything it’s that community is everything.
Do you experience foot pain? Our feet are the base of our vertical stance. They should work like strong doming tripods of support to help us constantly negotiate the effects of gravity on our gait. Did you know Pilates focuses a lot on building strength, flexibility, and mobility in your feet and ankles? Here’s how.
A consistent Pilates practice will improve your balance. I know you’re wondering, “How? Isn’t Pilates practiced lying down on a mat?” Nope! The Pilates repertoire covers so much more than mat exercises done lying down on your back. A well taught Pilates sessions should make you feel like you’ve worked from head to toe every time. You should also feel like you’ve worked back and front, your sides, as well rotation. Moving through ALL the planes is one of Pilates’ secret weapons! Read on to find out how that directly impacts your balance.
Pilates is an invigorating and uplifting practice that is ALWAYS challenging. There are literally thousands of exercises and variations to allow for an endless learning experience to keep you motivated, engaged, and interested. If you’ve been feeling bored with your exercise routine, check out what Pilates can do for you!
Learn how Pilates can support you as you heal and work towards getting back to the activities you love. Pilates can help you improve your alignment and strengthen your core – integral pieces to your healing process. Pilates is the perfect complement to your physical therapy treatment as you recover from surgery.
I have often heard from new clients looking into Pilates that they’re “over” their traditional gym workouts that leave them feeling exhausted and worn out. Many have spent years running to the gym either before or after their work day and instead of finding an uplifting environment where they can renew their energy and vitality, have often found that their gym routine has just added to their stress levels. One more thing to do. One more thing I don’t feel successful at. One more person “yelling” at me. Have you ever felt that way? Then you’re not alone! A regular Pilates practice will help you manage stress better – here’s why.
A common misconception we encounter as Pilates professionals is the definition of what your “core” is. Client often come to us saying they want to strengthen their core as often that is what their doctors or physical therapists have encouraged them to do. However, more often than not, they understand the core as being their “six pack” or their superficial abdominal muscles. These muscles are only a small part of what the actual core is. Read on to find out what your core actually is and how Pilates can help you strengthen it.
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