What is Pilates? (and how it can impact your health)

The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is a complete system of exercises specifically designed to strengthen and stretch the body at the same time.   Joe Pilates called this concept "Contrology" because it demands focus and teaches awareness as well as total...

Demystifying the Pilates Principles

The Pilates method was created by Joe Pilates with aspects of many other types of physical activity in mind: yoga, acrobatics, Tai Chi, and gymnastics, to name a few. However the main thing that makes Pilates unique and different as compared to other styles of...

3 Tips for New Pilates Teachers

If learning to do the Pilates method is like mastering a foreign language, then learning to teach Pilates my seem even harder! With learning to teach you have the added pressure of having to pass a test, people watching and possibly critiquing your teaching skills,...

Pay Attention To Where Your Head Is. All day!

This came up years ago when I was teaching a client a very simple yoga pose, dandasana. Basically sitting on the floor with legs together in front, straight and outstretched. I was explaining about how important it is for the spine to be straight before we straighten...

Seven Common Pilates Mistakes

1. Not breathing: Many of the exercises in Pilates are meant to flow and coincide with your breath. The movements of the spine and sequence of the exercises are worked around this concept. The new oxygen nourishes the muscles and the blood while exhaling clears out...