So- I often get asked what kind of Pilates is “the best.”
As you can imagine, there are lots of differing opinions out there.
Mine happens to be that “the best” kind of Pilates is the kind that you can do safely, pain-free, and consistently. If it also feels awesome and is fun or you are encouraged by your progress, then I endorse it even more fully!
I have summarized some of the pros and cons below based upon my training, experience, and professional opinion. If you have some thoughts you’d like to share below in the comments, I’d love to see them!
Overall Benefits of Pilates
The list goes on and on, but those are some of the highlights.
Benefits of Private Lessons:
Benefits of Group Classes:
Benefits of Videos:
Benefits of Mixing the Modalities:
What works for you?
Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
If you are interested in trying some private lessons or need some guidance on adding some Pilates into your life, click here to contact me directly.
Classes start on Monday June 4th!
Registration is now open for everyone….
New faces are always welcome, returning ones too!
(If you’re in the group classes and need some extra help, please bear in mind that you can always book a private mat lesson to get some one on one attention and personal corrections.)
5:30-6:30pm Intro to Pilates 6/4-8/20/18 #58114
6:30-7:30pm Pilates & Stretch 6/4-8/20/18 #58113
9:30-10:30am Building Better Bones 6/6-8/22/18 #58112
No classes 7/2 or 7/4/18
All classes $59 to register for the entire session.
($7 drop in available, only if classes meet minimum enrollment)
Register Online Today!
For More Information: 480-350-5200
Classes at Kiwanis Recreation Center
Classes start on Tuesday 4/2/18
Registration is open….
New faces are always welcome, returning ones too! If you’re in the group classes and need some extra help, please bear in mind that you can always book a private mat lesson to get some one on one attention and personal corrections.
5:30-6:30pm Intro to Pilates 4/2-5/21/18 #56569
6:30-7:30pm Pilates & Stretch 4/2-5/21/18 #56568
9:30-10:30am Building Better Bones ($7 drop in) 4/4-5/23/18 #56567
Register Online Today!
For More Information: 480-350-5200
As anyone who has taken my class in the last few years knows, I really love a good hip hinge. Here are some humorous "Hip Hinge Inteventions" that will make you laugh and help illustrate why hip hinges are so important. Some of you may even recognize Tracey Mallett of "Booty Barre" fame!
Want to Know More About Fascia?
One of my favorite experts just did a 2 part interview about fascia. It is very interesting- she covers a lot of ground and answers some very common questions in a clear, palatable manner.
Here are the Links:
We all know that warming up is a good idea before we engage in any big activity.
Have you ever considered adding in a quick warm up in the morning to prepare your body and mind for everyday life? Connecting to your body while moving and breathing with intention are powerful tools that can set you up for a successful, pain-free day. You don't have to have any fancy equipment or even do the same exact exercises every day to reap the benefits.
I get feedback from many clients that they feel stiff or are in pain when they first get out of bed. I invariably as them if they are doing some specific movements (that they already know) to get their body moving, increase circulation, and ease any pain. The answer is usually no for a variety of reasons. The underlying issue is often that they aren't aware of their control of the situation. They aren't accessing the tools they posses to feel better and/or haven't made the conscious choice to use them.
I recently went through a quick warm up sequence with a client who came in feeling terrible, uncomfortable, and frustrated with her body. We focused on breathing deeply, engaging her core, and included 3 or 4 really simple movements in a quadruped position. She was amazed at how much better she felt. She was even more amazed that she already knew all these movements and could have done them as soon as she started to feel stiff & achy. I didn't want her to memorize the sequence we did, I encouraged her to try to remember that she has skills and could use them as needed.
Now I'm not saying that a short warm up will fix or heal everything, but I can safely say that it will help you to feel better (on many levels.) Try it and see!
Not sure where to start or what to include in your warm up?
- come join us at Kiwanis for a group class (click here)
- book a private mat lesson with me (click here)
- check out my You Tube Channel (click here)
- buy a video (click here)
Our feet don't often get the love and attention they need.
Try these 2 videos back to back, they are a powerful combo and a treat for your feet!
Want to learn more?
A pinky ball works fine, but if you want to delve deeper I suggest getting a set of yoga tune up balls.
Jill Miller also has some excellent videos for purchase. (click here)
Rather learn in person? Schedule a mat pilates session with me and we can create a personalized program. You can even video the sequence as we do it on your phone so that you can practice with visual aid and my cueing. You can contact me for at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-614-0675.
The bulletproof blog has a concise yet clear explanation of what red light therapy is, the science behind it, as well as why or how it works. Click here to read that post. To put it very simply, red light stimulates the mitochondria in your cells which helps your body function better overall but has been used specifically to speed up healing, reduce pain & inflammation from arthritis, slow down the aging process, and calm skin conditions. (just to name a few uses, there are many more)
I first learned about red light therapy at the Bulletproof Conference in 2016. Leanne Venier spoke and was also demonstrating her Redjuvenator lights. (To check out her presentation, scroll down and watch the video.) I loved the idea that she is a scientist that tapped into her creative side and ended up creating this useful, accessible tool. I was also very impressed by her ability to combine a variety of healing theories or modalities that are all based to working with the body's natural healing mechanism.
I have been using one of Leanne's universal REDjuvenator boxes for a little over a year. It has been really helpful in reducing pain and inflammation related to old dance injuries, as well as any new issues that pop up. I haven't been consistent in using it every day on my face for anti-aging, but it has helped with a cold sore, skin issues, and a cut on my hand. It is definitely one of my main at-home resources for self care!
There are some red light therapy facilities popping up, which is a great way to try it before you decide if it is something you want to invest in.
Want to learn more Bulletproof life hacks? Subscribe to this blog and keep an eye out for future posts.
Interested in Bulletproof Life Coaching? Contact me for a complimentary first session at email@example.com or 602-614-0675.
Improve your pelvic alignment, glute strength, core activation, and overall balance in under 3 minutes with this simple yet effective video.
This video is designed to follow "Standing Hip Hikes" and "Standing Hip Series- Part Two."
For some more quick fix videos, check out this link:
Set some resolutions but need some extra help and motivation?
Natural Grocers launches Resolution Reset DaySM on January 19 to help Americans stay on track with their New Year’s health and wellness resolutions. Click on the link to learn more about their events and big sale.