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Advanced Pilates as we age

As I move within site of 50, I’ve been thinking about expectations for my own Pilates practice. I am lucky to work with Portlanders of all ages – 16 to 80-plus years young – and as a teacher I’m in a perpetual state of evaluating what is safe and nourishing movement for each of them.Trying [...]

March 26th, 2017|
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Pilates for seniors? Mindful movement pays off

Our society tends to underestimate the abilities of seniors and the accessibility of a movement system like Pilates for older adults. People are often surprised when I tell them that approximately 1 out of 3 of my students is in their 60s and 70s. Some are avid runners, skiers or cyclists, while others are getting [...]

June 22nd, 2016|
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Pilates promotes a healthy spine for a healthful future

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If your spine is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” – Joseph Pilates  There is no doubt that aging has an impact on our bodies. The materials that cushion our joints start to break down as part of the aging process making us [...]

May 20th, 2015|
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Fighting the pressure to go to extremes

A number of articles over the past few months about CrossFit and the militarization of fitness have got me thinking about the long-term consequences of this “extreme approach” on society at-large and on my students personally. It is no surprise to me that the fitness culture has gravitated toward a philosophy of “No pain. No gain.” We [...]

October 26th, 2014|
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Pilates: An alternative path to well-being

I started practicing Pilates nine years ago when I moved to Portland. In those years, along with moving from my mid-30s into my mid-40s, I was diagnosed with a health condition that can cause inflammation in the joints and general achiness. For a time, the process of aging and body aches had some physical and [...]

May 14th, 2014|
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Pilates through the eyes of a child: Learning to let go

I spent several days in Denver this last weekend visiting family, including my six-year-old niece.  My sister and brother-in-law have done a remarkable job exposing her to different movement systems. She has taken ballet classes and is currently in gymnastics.  She has a book on yoga geared for children that she pulls out every time [...]

March 31st, 2014|
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Joint pain and body aches? Start moving!

Do your joints feel more like the wending trunk and branches of an old tree or the sprightly, tall tree limbs reaching toward the sky? If it's the former, what does your instinct say you should do about it? In a recent New York Times Wellness blog post, The Perils of Toughing It Out,  Jane [...]

March 28th, 2014|