I first fell in love with Pilates on the Mat! I did Pilates almost every day for one hour for a year and a half on the Mat. I couldn’t get enough of it. And, then I discovered the Reformer. And I became OBSESSED! But, I didn’t have a Reformer and it’s not like Pilates equipment classes are affordable enough to go to like a Mat class. I wanted to find ways to get more Reformer in my life without having to go out and get a Reformer.
One of the common misconceptions of Pilates is that its an ab workout. But, then when I say, no it’s not just an hour of ab workout and explain how thorough Pilates truly is for our body it’s easy to see why people might think it is all about the abs. I mean, if everything begins in the center and moves out how is Pilates it not an ab workout?
My clients are always wondering how they can do Pilates on their own when they can’t get into the studio. Retreaters also want to know how they can continue their newfound Pilates practice when they go back home and back into their routine. The answer is the Pilates Mat! In fact, when Joseph Pilates created his method, back when he called it Contrology, he wanted people to do his exercises every day! His book Return to Life describes the order and exercises in limited detail. To help you at home, my regular clients and past retreaters continue their Pilates practice here is the order complete with links to their “how to.”
The Arm Chair is not a chair that many have in their studios. So, if you’re looking at this piece of equipment and thinking, “I don’t have that or know that that is.” And, that makes you want to skip this week’s collaboration with Andrea Maida don’t!
I used to think that traveling was too difficult, too expensive and “not something for someone like me.” Does any of that sound familiar to you? But, then I had to take a trip, on my own to another country. I had to plan it out, go all the way to Brazil (a whole days journey). It was the best thing I ever had to do for myself and it was entirely out of my budget but when I got home and realized I hadn’t broken the bank and a two-week vacation was absolutely necessary I made a point to find ways to travel more and to help others travel too! Thus, my Pilates Retreats were born.
I used to think the Spine Corrector was such an odd piece of equipment. And, I have to admit I used to avoid using it. Well, maybe avoid is a strong word. But, it took me a while to realize the power and beauty in the Spine Corrector. This piece of Pilates equipment, like most Pilates equipment, is more than meets the eye.
You are busy! I am busy, he and she and they are busy! It seems that the more we make things easier and quicker to get done the more we have on our plates to do. And, as deadlines loom over our heads that vacation we keep saying we are going to take continues to get pushed onto the backburner. And, then even your day to day escapes like going to the gym or cooking your own meals get shoved and you end up saying “you’ll do it tomorrow.” With life being so busy it is too easy to not do the things that our bodies and minds need which is to take time off, relax, unwind and strengthen our muscles. Would you travel more if it was easier to plan? What about if your getaway was planned for you? Would you take more time off for your mind and body if it was affordable?
Ever walked into a Pilates studio and seen something too tall to be a coat rack? Well, then you were probably looking at a Pedi Pole! I used to skip using the Pedi Pole. And, now I love to spend a minute or five on it whenever a client is running late. The Pedi Pole may look wobbly and even like it would be one of the easier pieces of equipment but it is truly one of the hardest
The incredible benefits of Pilates begin the moment you start Pilates. I know, that’s a big claim but it is true. Because Pilates doesn’t just work one part of the body each workout. It works your entire body from head to toe and from mind to movement. However, while all the great gifts come from Pilates once you begin the hardest part is often getting started. Where can you find beginner Pilates? What benefits can you expect?
What do you do for yourself in the morning? Do you go for a walk? Make coffee? Stretch out? Personally, I drink a massive glass of water, go for a run, make a smoothie and then head into the studio. I try to give myself some time to roll up, down, over and a little twist and extension to see where my body is that day.