Here are just a few solid reasons...
1. They reduce stiffness and tension in your body from being “sedentary” i.e. not moving, or in one position for a period of time like sitting or standing at your desk, driving, even resting on your couch
2. It increases productivity! (not sure about this one? check out the Pomodoro technique, it’s real thing!)
3. Physical movement can get you out of the stress cycle, even if the actual stressor isn’t going away! (helloooo covid!) Here’s a great podcast on that topic. brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-emily-and-amelia-nagoski-on-burnout-and-how-to-complete-the-stress-cycle/
According to the Pomodoro method, it’s ideal to take a 5 minute break after every 25 minute block of work and then after about 4 of those cycles you take a full 15-20 minute break. There’s loads of free apps that you can set the timers on, I just use the timer in my phone.
I encourage you to play around with that timing to make it work for you! Depending on the day, the task, and my focus I might need to do longer or shorter work periods and/or breaks.
The important thing is to actually take the (relatively) frequent movement breaks!
5 easy & free ways to take a movement break
1. Make a list of small, short mindless tasks that take 5 minutes or less that require getting up, changing where your eyes are focusing, and moving around.
2. Try some HIIT style intervals using simple movements like Squats, Jumping Jacks, or Leg Kicks for 30 seconds then 10 seconds of walking or marching in place. In 5 minutes, you should be able to get through about 7 cycles with a short cool down. (don’t forget to hydrate!)
3. Do a standing version of the hundred series breaths. Pulse your arms with each breath as you inhale for 5 breaths and exhale for 5 breaths. Try lifting one foot off for the the first half, then the other for the second half.
4. Have a dance party! Play a song you love and get dancing…or at least away from your desk and moving your body.
5. Do my neck & shoulder video on you tube. If you’ve been sitting, try it standing. If you’ve been standing, try it seated!
or keep trying different ideas until you find your faves!
I promise you’ll feel better on so many levels and your body will love you for it.
I’d love to hear how it goes! (email me)
Want to take a full, live class with me? Here’s all the info...
Questions about which classes might work for you? Ask me : )
Let’s talk about the upcoming Community Roll Out!
We’re going to do some Saturday afternoon foam rolling together (via zoom) and then donate all the profits to St. Mary’s Food Bank here in Phoenix 💫
If you don’t know much about all the wonderful work they do, please check them out @stmarysfoodbank or https://www.firstfoodbank.org/give/
Can’t attend live? You’ll have access to the recording for a full week afterwards.
How many of these can raise the funds for? As you can see from the pic, every $100 we send in provides 700 meals this Thanksgiving.
Every person counts!
Please feel free to invite friends, family, workout buddies, or your social media community to join us.
Tip: the easiest way to do that is to save and share the graphic below with all the info on it.
Foam rolling can help restore balance to your whole body, and potentially become an essential aspect of your self-care.
1-2:30pm via Zoom
$25-35 sliding scale
(you must use this link and buy only this class to access the sliding scale option,
otherwise it will show up as the averaged price of $30)
In this master class, you will explore and learn how to use your foam roller as an effective self-myofascial release tool. When done mindfully and strategically, it can help relieve chronic muscle tightness or pain, increase circulation to reduce soreness, and improve your overall mobility.
Things we will cover:
- General strategies & tips on how to approach using the foam roller effectively
- How to avoid common mistakes and avoid injuries or preventable soreness
- Specific exercises with lots of options or modifications for a full body experience
- Question & answer time at the end of the class
*You will have access to a recording of the class for 1 week after it meets live so that you can focus on feeling and learning as we go, then review the information afterwards.*
What You’ll Need:
- Plenty of open floor space
- I suggest a thin yoga mat, especially if you’ll be on a hard floor.
- Some other padding or supportive surfaces around like a few towels, blankets, or blocks.
- 1 Moderate Foam Roller (definitely not firm, and soft may not give you enough resistance)
Here’s my favorite:
Optp Foam Roller- comes in blue or green
Here's a solid choice at a lower price point:
AXIS Standard Foam Roller- silver
Questions? click here to contact me
Want to Register Now? click here
Info Current as of 5/27/2020
(I’ll keep adding the dates for new info as things are changing quite frequently and rapidly for all of us)
Exercise and healthy movement are even more critical during these turbulent times. It boosts your immune system and helps manage stress on many levels.
Click here for a great article from the Mayo.
Since our world and our lives are in a very fluid and adaptive state, I have tried to create some workable options for maintaining a movement or self-care practice with me. I truly hope we can all stay safe, healthy, and agile during this time. If you have any specific requests, suggestions, or need any more information- please feel free to contact me.
Are you missing your usual dose of healthy, feel good movement? Do you miss connecting, talking, and moving with another human being? (I’m definitely missing interacting with everyone I don’t get to see right now)
Are you having a hard time figuring out how to incorporate the movement or stretching you need & want into your current disrupted schedule?
Are you adapting to a new working station or set up at home and noticing that it may be creating some new challenges and postural imbalances?
I’m here to help!
We can use FaceTime or Zoom for private sessions. You can even record our session for future reference and use. I’ve created some new options in terms of length of sessions, scheduling, payment etc. for you to try. Please scroll down for details.
What is FaceTime?
Facetime is an app on apple products for video chatting. If you have any apple device, it is on there! Click here to check out a tutorial from apple on how to use FaceTime.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a video conferencing app/website that you can use at a basic level free of charge. Click here to check it out and see how easy it is to join a meeting.
Feeling unsure about using the technology? Connect with me and let's see if we can figure it out. Just like a lot of like skills, using these resources or tools can feel way more comfortable after you walk through it or try it a few times.
What can you do in a Session?
For my Fst clients:
For my Pilates peeps:
Why invest in private sessions?
Here’s a testimonial from a client who has tried using a virtual approach:
“I was in a serious car accident (5 broken ribs, whiplash, back pain, seatbelt trauma) in the Fall of 2019. After my hospital stay, I was home and knew that I needed to begin moving in healthy ways or risk further injury and certainly delay my recovery. I had been a client of Pippa’s for several years and knew she was conservative and uniquely talented in understanding injury rehab and body mechanics. So after a phone call, we set up a remote session where I used my iPad. She modeled for me the exercises I should do and then corrected me as I performed those for her. I repeated those exercises daily which helped speed my recovery. This was certainly important for my broken body, but just as important, Pippa’s video session helped me in my mental recovery! Instead of focusing on my pain and getting discouraged, Pippa gave me positive movements to focus on while I was home alone - and the confidence that I would get better!”
60 mins $74
Scheduling: Please contact me directly to schedule sessions.
Feel like you can’t book in advance? No problem, feel free to text me (602-614-0675) as close as the day before or morning of to request a session. (texting is better than emailing) As usual, I will have more options to offer with more notice but I truly understand how crazy everything is right now!
How it Works: Once we schedule a session, you’ll receive an email confirmation and an invoice via square. You can pay securely online in advance. I will initiate the facetime call or we both log in to our zoom meeting at our scheduled day & time.
What you need: What do you have at your disposal? It’s ideal for you to let me know what you have ahead of time, but it’s ok to let me know at the beginning of the session. I can also make some suggestions of household items that we can get creative with. This can be done in a chair, on the floor, standing, at your desk- whatever you need! The only requirements are a device that allows you to connect to zoom or facetime and an internet connection.
Have some questions?
Click here to contact me directly. I'm happy to connect and figure out how to make this work as optimally as possible for you.
One More Thing...
Here’s a link that explains why and how Pilates boosts the Immune System.
Interested in virtual Pilates, but not one on one sessions?
There’s a wide variety of options, from short you tube videos for free to full workout length videos for purchase, as well as easy ways to join group classes with me.
Get more info on virtual options with me- click here
Want to help support my small, independent business?
These are very challenging times.
The sessions and classes you take now will help ensure the survival and viability of this company and its services.
Please help spread the word!
- Forward this info to anyone you think might find it helpful or relevant.
- Word of Mouth is powerful! Tell anyone you think might benefit from my services.
- Help me stay connected. Please feel free to reach out to say hi! and let me know how you're doing.
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The holidays can really throw off our game in terms of self-care, healthy movement, and focus. Any amount of time tuning into our body and connecting with your breath will help! (even just a few minutes!) Here’s a quick little posture reset that might be useful…
Fall 2019 class registration for Tempe residents begins on Monday, August 12th.
Non-Resident registration begins on Monday, August 19th.
Online registration: www.tempe.gov/brochure
Exercise; Building Better Bones
Stop bone loss and restore bone mass. Pilates-based exercises strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve balance. Focus on reversal of bone loss, injury prevention and functional fitness to help avoid falls, alleviate pain and maintain independence. No class 11/27.
Drop-in Fee: $7. Fee: $69. 480-350-5200
63567 16 yrs+ W 9/11-12/11 9:30-10:30 a.m. KRC
Exercise; Introduction to Pilates
Pilates strengthens and tones your core, enhances balance and improves posture. Learn the concepts and fundamentals of the Pilates techniques while getting a full body workout. Class starts with a gentle warm-up, evolves into a challenging Pilates mat workout and finishes with a series of stretches. No class 11/11.
Drop-in Fee: $7. Fee: $69. 480-350-5200
63602 16 yrs+ M 9/9-12/9 5:30-6:30 p.m. KRC
Exercise; Pilates & Stretch
Join us for this multi-level class that combines Pilates exercises with effective stretching techniques to increase strength and flexibility for your entire body. Major areas of focus are the core, stability work, coordination, breathing and relaxation. Prior experience is not required. All levels welcome. No class 11/11.
Drop-in Fee: $7. Fee: $69. 480-350-5200
63601 16 yrs+ M 9/9-12/9 6:30-7:30 p.m. KRC
Hope to see you there!
Classes didn't meet this week due to the Holiday (I missed you guys!) and everyone's schedules get a bit wonky in the summer. Since consistency is key, how can you adapt in order to keep moving and feeling as good as possible?
1. Give yourself options (self-practice, do a full length video, do a few shorter you tube videos put together, book a private lesson when you can't get to group class, attend a group class when you can't get to your usual weekly private lesson, etc etc)
2. Schedule it in! or it probably won't happen. What works best for your internal body clock and your life schedule? I suggest putting it in to your calendar and blocking the time out.
3. Have a quick response to the "why" of it. Know your motivation and condense it into one sentence, as concisely as possible. This will quiet your inner critic, excuses, and any pushback you get from the outside world. Mine is "because it's important- I want to be strong, capable, and healthy enough to do everything I want to do." What's yours? You can always start with a rough draft and keep refining it.
See you in class next week!
In the meantime, here's a link to a 25 minute workout.
and one of the first videos I made...
With the summer heat approaching, most of us try to get out of town a bit more.
On my recent trip to California, I squeezed in some time between my 6ish hour drive and a Pilates lesson (with Diedra Manns) to roll out my feet, do some mat Pilates, and take a nice long walk. It not only helped clear my mind and feel grounded, it also balanced out my body after many hours sitting in the car. The driving is especially uncomfortable for my right ankle, making the foot rolling before the walk really important.
You don’t need to bring tons of gear with you to take care of yourself while on the go. I usually bring a mat, foot kit, yoga tune up balls, and a resistance band.
How do you feel about your self care, especially body care, while traveling?
Need some ideas or suggestions?
I’m happy to help.
- You can set up private mat Pilates lessons to create a program. We can video and strategize to maximize efficiency of your time. (click here)
- You can also use any of my you tube videos on their own or in addition to some of your favorites from class. (click here)
(Keep an eye out for updates on a subscription channel with full length workout videos...)
Here’s an oldie but a goodie!
We did these the other day in class, and I think we all felt the better for it.
Our Scapula, or shoulder blades, are designed to glide freely!
Laying on your side and focusing on one side at a time can make it a lot easier to get some glide, initiate from the shoulder blade, and keep your neck as relaxed as possible.
Enjoyed the video, but have questions or need some help? Click here to contact me directly....