So, how much do you love the Tree on the Reformer? Ok, maybe it’s just me! But, I happen to know a few people who love the Tree and all it does in Pilates. And, you’re probably wondering why I am even talking about the Tree here in my online mat classes. Well, last week I was quite inspired by the Tree after one of my Skype clients found her inner acrobat. And, afterwards a whole discussion on Instagram happend about all the amazing gifts the Tree gives us. And, while, yes it happens on the Reformer or the Ladder Barrel mostly I decided to bring the Tree to our Mat practice this week.
And, what I hope you’ll find is that the Tree not only spices up our mat work it also helps us dive a little deeper into some exercises or saves us in others! I hope you find a little love for the Tree this week!
I am often asked, “What happens on your Pilates Retreats?” It’s not every day you hear about Pilates retreats and if you have never done Pilates it might sound like a bizarre excursion. Or, if you have done Pilates you may be wondering just how much Pilates you’ll be doing! But, there is so much more than meets the eye. My Pilates retreats in Maui and aboard are packed with movement, leisure, and good vibes.
My first Pilates equipment purchase was a Wunda Chair! I had been an instructor less than a year and saw an email that Gratz was selling the demo equipment at the Pilates Method Alliance conference. I hit reply so fast I was the first and I also had zero idea what price I just committed to. But, it was the best purchase of my life.
When I first started taking Pilates on the Reformer the handles were foam-ish on ropes. When I started training to become a teacher the handle was metal and wood and hurt my wrist bone. And, I thought why on earth am I using this handle?
In anticipation of the 3 new classes I filmed in their beautiful Montecito studio that will be available on June 22, I thought you might want a chance to win a 12-month subscription to PilatesAnytime.com, my treat! (a $216 value!)
I remember when I first fell in love with Pilates I immediately purchased the unlimited class membership. While it was more money than my gym membership I did the math. I could go to one class for $25 or I could go to as many classes as I wanted for $116. And, I managed to get to those classes 3-5x a week! I felt like I was winning on the deal end.
But, what I couldn’t swallow was the cost of a Private Pilates session. Back then they were $75-$90/session. Now, most fully certified Pilates privates are between $80-$175/session. And, I know for many that can sound expensive. However, let’s take a look at the “why behind this wait what? Pilates is how much?!”
Do you prefer to do Pilates on an 80″ or 86″ Reformer? This is a question I didn’t ask myself until recently. In fact, even a few years ago when the topic came up I was quite made up in my mind that I liked one over the other
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard “I hate Stomach Massage” or “Why do we do this?” And then, there is lots of love for Tendon Stretch until we take a leg off… In this week’s mat class we channel our Stomach Massage in many of our Mat exercises. I hope that by the end you at least like a little bit what the Stomach Massage does to help your Mat practice. And, to make it a little fun we rock out with our Tendon Stretch! I know you’ll have fun with it! I really did.
‘ll never forget the time I bruised my tailbone about 10 years ago. Holy moly, did everything hurt? Not just Pilates! Sitting, getting into my car, rolling over in bed. It was absolutely the worst injury I have ever had and that includes fracturing my tibial plateau. So, when I first began teaching and I had a student complain that many exercises caused her tailbone area discomfort I went on a mission to figure out how to help.
When you lift one foot off even one inch does your whole bridge fall down? I know mine has been struggling for almost 10 years… until now! After hearing from you last week I found many of us struggle to not fall out of our bridge when we lift a leg. And, it’s not only frustrating but it disconnects us from our center and the exercise.