How to strengthen your relationship with your body

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We invest a lot of energy in our relationships with others in order for them to succeed. Whether it is a significant other, friends, or family, our relationships take up a lot of our time and attention. But sometimes it seems like we forget to nurture one other important relationship: the one we have with our own bodies. I would argue that this ...

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How Pilates gives you a simple, proactive solution to chronic injury

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I meet a lot of people with aches and pains in their body. Maybe their back hurts, or they have a weird “twingy thing” in their shoulder. These complaints often aren’t brought on by one-time accidents, but are the result of daily wear and tear.

Most people accept these little discomforts as part of living, ignoring small bouts of inconsistent yet familiar pain. Perhaps they are unwilling or unsure of how to address these minor issues. Maybe it doesn’t seem necessary ...

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Pilates Auto-Pilot

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As I continue to teach and be exposed to more and more bodies, I have begun to notice some patterns in Pilates practitioners. Those who are new to the method are often uncertain and timid, but enter the room as a blank canvas with few preconceived notions. The seasoned connoisseur, on the other hand, brings confidence, expectations and established “Pilates habits” to the table.

Some of these Pilates habits are positive, such as knowing how to ...

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What does it mean to be physically fit?

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When you ask someone what it means to be physically fit, you will receive a variety of answers. A runner may tell you it’s a certain time on a mile or marathon, while a weight lifter may say it’s accomplishing a certain amount of reps or weight. To some it may simply mean not being overweight.

The truth is physical fitness encompasses many different things, including aerobic and muscular endurance, strength, speed, power, coordination, and flexibility. ...

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Progressing through Pilates levels

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As I progress through my own personal Pilates practice, I find myself gaining more confidence in my knowledge and abilities. However, just the other day I was reminded of how humbling Pilates can be.

In class I asked my instructor to throw some advanced exercises at me to see how I would do, thinking in the back of my head that I would really amaze myself with my performance. The first few exercises went well, and ...

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Yoga vs. Pilates

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I have lost track of the number of people who have asked me the difference between Pilates and Yoga. The truth is, there are as many similarities as there are differences between the two so I understand the confusion.

Here is a breakdown of some of the major similarities and differences:

Breathing

Breathing is an important aspect of both Yoga and Pilates. You will hear instructors linking choreography to inhales/exhales, and there is ...

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Conquering My Hamstrings

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I remember growing up dreading the “forward fold” flexibility test. Even as a child I was far from touching my toes and always felt inches behind the majority of my peers. For years I let this inflexibility inhibit me from having full range of motion in my body. Over the past few years I have made great strides in my flexibility as I have worked to gain body awareness, strength, and alignment/balance in my body.

To ...

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Life Advice from Joe

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Many say Joseph Pilates was 50 years ahead of his time when it comes to sports medicine and body mechanics. It’s interesting to think of what else he might have figured out before “hard science” had.

Here is a breakdown of some of the “life advice” Joe gave in his “Return to Life” book before explaining his contrology exercises. Some are dated, while others are timeless.

DIET

Eating should ...

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Pilates for Every Body

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The more involved I become with Pilates the more exposed I am to the preconceived notions surrounding who Pilates is “meant for.” I have been asked several times if it is a “female exercise” and often have folks insist that they are not “fit enough” to try it. Somehow through the years the German-male-inspired routine which is meant for the average citizen has morphed into an elite endeavor.

In reality, the exercises were designed by Joseph Pilates ...

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