Which props are good for stretching & Pilates?

There are many props for stretching and ones specifically for Pilates. You may not know where to start or how to use them. This post includes my favorite props to use for stretching, relieving tension, challenging myself during Pilates, and making exercises easier. All of the props included are affordable and I’ve included links forContinue reading “Which props are good for stretching & Pilates?”

Pilates and Coffee

Are you looking for movement in a fun and safe environment? How about doing things differently than exercising at home or in a gym? That’s what Pilates and Coffee is all about.  When you walk in the door at Artisan Culture, it’s a welcoming and inviting space instantly. The sunlight streams in through the stainedContinue reading “Pilates and Coffee”

Pilates after Walking: 10 Minute Videos

There are many options for Pilates after walking! These videos are specifically for you and all you need is ten minutes! Walking and running are great forms of exercise and some of the reasons why I love them include low cost, stress relief, and fun! The thing with running and walking is it is aContinue reading “Pilates after Walking: 10 Minute Videos”

How to Tone Your Arms

There are many exercises to build strength and tone your arms! And don’t worry if you struggle with push-ups, the answer is not to do 30 push-ups a day. There are a variety of ways to tone your arms and I’ve included multiple videos to show you how. I started doing Pilates consistently (4 timesContinue reading “How to Tone Your Arms”

How to Relieve Sinus Pressure

The air is getting colder, the leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere which means allergy season! Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I love the smell of it, when my sinuses are open. If you have seasonal allergies you know stuffy nose, runny nose, and sinus pressure are no fun. I’veContinue reading “How to Relieve Sinus Pressure”

Do I lift my hip during single leg circle?

One of the things I enjoy most about teaching Pilates is when you ask questions. Asking this one about your hips helps you learn more about your body and movement. This gives you a deeper understanding and helps you remember! Building hip strength is important for core strength and activities like walking, running, cycling and manyContinue reading “Do I lift my hip during single leg circle?”

How to Relieve Shoulder & Wrist Tension

Recently I struggled with shoulder and wrist discomfort and I wanted to share my experience with you. When we have discomfort in our body and don’t know the reason, it makes us pause. You might wonder, ‘why did this happen?’ I found myself asking the same question and instead of wondering why I asked ‘howContinue reading “How to Relieve Shoulder & Wrist Tension”

How to relieve your foot pain

Ever wonder why your feet hurt? Do you notice they hurt after sitting or standing for long periods? How do they feel after you take your shoes off? They can breathe again! Our feet are very important and it’s why Pilates is so helpful. Whether it’s in person using equipment or at home in an online Pilates session with a mat; your feet feel happy and free after exercising them. Exercising your feet also relieves back, hip, and knee pain.

When to Breathe during Pilates

One of the questions I am often asked is when do I breathe? Overall I hope that you keep breathing during Pilates. It is an important part of the movements and if you do the breathing backward, that’s ok! It’s a lot to understand when first doing Pilates and I’ve struggled with breathing as well.Continue reading “When to Breathe during Pilates”

Shoulders: Relieve Pain & Strengthen

Before I became a Pilates instructor I worked in an office for 4+ years. I worked in customer service which meant answering emails and phones, entering paint orders for our customers, etc. I started Pilates to help a nagging knee pain I had from running. Little did I know, Pilates would help open my chestContinue reading “Shoulders: Relieve Pain & Strengthen”