Have you ever found yourself ask the question "What is Pilates?" Or maybe someone has asked you the question before. How did you respond? We have our own way of explaining things and hopefully all answers point back to a similar core. We could answer from a technical, textbook style which is Pilates is contrology: … Continue reading Pilates Brings Peace
Let's get in touch with our feelings. How does that sound? Scary? Intimidating? Silly? It seems that as we get older we embrace the feelings inside less and less. Emotional feelings, whether it's physical or psychological. The human body is a spectacular machine that can shield feelings, embrace them, and even smother them. Take a … Continue reading I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better
Today's post is all about props. Are they helping challenge muscles, distract from the exercise, or a tool to help with the exercise? Think back to the first time taking a Pilates class and how you felt. Overwhelmed? Confused? Out of breath? Exhausted? The first timers would probably find the props to be a distraction. … Continue reading Props: Challenge, Tool, or Distraction?
Have you ever heard the saying "perfection is an abstract ideal"? How often have you wanted something to be perfect- a presentation at work, a paper submitted in class, a craft you made at home, your hairstyle, the list goes on, right? We've all been there, the desire and want to be perfect. But can … Continue reading Present Over Perfection
Why do we try to stop change? Why do we become afraid and work to maintain a routine of the same rituals over and over again? Think about when you were a baby and you didn’t know change and you just did what you wanted or needed- sleep, eat, roll over, yell, babble, etc. Humans … Continue reading Let Change Happen
Today's post features a client of mine from France, Celiane, and the title is Body, Mind, Soul (pardon any improper French grammar). Celiane began doing Pilates when her personal trainer was out for a few weeks having surgery but had done Pilates previously. I've had the pleasure of teaching Celiane at the Wisconsin Athletic Club … Continue reading Corps Esprit Ame
As a Pilates instructor I can always give my reasons for starting, continuing, and enjoying Pilates but it's also great to have perspective from people who come to class and take lessons on a regular basis. Here is Mimi's take on how she learned about Pilates, why she makes it a priority, and why she … Continue reading Pilates Perspective by Mimi
The definition of Lifestyle according to Miriam Webster is: "a particular way of living, the way a person or group of people live." I write this post because while many people do Pilates and attend Pilates classes or private lessons, I wonder how many live a Pilates lifestyle? Do they think of a lifestyle associated … Continue reading Living the Pilates Lifestyle