Why We Breathe

“Breathing is the first act of life and the last.” Joseph H Pilates Breathing is one of the foundational movements of Pilates and there’s even an exercise called Breathing! It seems silly to discuss breathing because we do it everyday without thinking. But the type of breathing in Pilates is diaphragmatic breathing. It’s a deeperContinue reading “Why We Breathe”

Goodbye Training Wheels!

A Pilates practice starts at different levels and ranges from beginner to novice to intermediate. When starting Pilates the progress begins quickly and changes happen within the first ten sessions! Pilates is exciting and difficult at the same time. Everything feels hard, new and sometimes you feel exhausted by the end or not ready toContinue reading “Goodbye Training Wheels!”

Flexible in Mind and Body

Have you thought “I’m not flexible enough to do Pilates”? The truth is you don’t need to be flexible to start Pilates. Pilates helps increase your flexibility. Our mind will help increase our flexibility. With the current workplace to being more technical, sitting, and stationary, exercises like Pilates improve our flexibility and strengthen our weakerContinue reading “Flexible in Mind and Body”

Put your Joe on

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘Put your Joe on’ or ‘Be like Joe’. As a Pilates instructor it’s a good reminder that even though I’m female, Joseph Pilates was a man’s man meaning he boxed, he had good physique, and he created Pilates for men. But it’s no secret that Pilates is dominated byContinue reading “Put your Joe on”

Finding the Inner Spirit

Pilates is the complete coordination of the mind, body, and spirit. Contrology is actually what the series of exercises is called but we refer to it as Pilates from the creator, Joseph Pilates himself. When starting Pilates there are lot of thoughts and emotions and feelings being experienced all at once and it’s hard toContinue reading “Finding the Inner Spirit”

A Pilates Instructor’s Journey

Rachel began her journey with Pilates 5 years ago when she was referred to the technique after a running injury.  She immediately fell in love with the method and exercises and discovered the importance of incorporating it into her exercise routine along with running. When doing Pilates you truly learn from multiple instructors and theirContinue reading “A Pilates Instructor’s Journey”

Pilates: Created by a Man for Men

Did you know that Joseph Pilates created the series of exercises now known as Pilates specifically for men? It was meant to be manly but once Mr. Pilates started teaching in New York it became popular among women and dancers. As a Pilates instructor, my female to male client ratio is higher on the femaleContinue reading “Pilates: Created by a Man for Men”

Pilates MATters: Why I Love the Mat Series

We are 6 days away from March 1- day of one of what the Pilates industry refers to as “March MATness.” Benjamin Degenhardt started this idea during March when the rest of the sports industry is preparing for March Madness (basketball). I don’t know about you but I love a good pun and I also loveContinue reading “Pilates MATters: Why I Love the Mat Series”

Why Pilates?

Everyone has a story behind their first Pilates experience or what brought them to Pilates initially. Now it’s time you learned how I started doing Pilates. When I first moved on my own to Columbus, Ohio after college to pursue a job in my business degree for Marketing I began running more often. My bestContinue reading “Why Pilates?”