Benefits of Pilates

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Is Pilates a spiritual experience?

I attended a lecture in Portland on fascia by Gil Hedley, a self-described “somanaut” – one who explores the inner space of the body. The lecture has had me thinking deeply about my long-held belief in the connection between a spiritual state and movement.What do I mean by "spirituality"?I am not a religious person but [...]

November 10th, 2017|
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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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What’s the rush?

Despite Portland's laid-back vibe, it is hard to escape stress. Some who arrive at the Pilates studio are contending with demanding work, traffic congestion, and many personal demands and not enough time. When people walk through the door, I strive to create a quiet, thoughtful retreat to clear the mind, even out the breath and bring their focus [...]

September 19th, 2016|
  • Seniors are leading increasingly active lifestyles from sports to volunteering that make Pilates are smart exercise choice. Photo credit: Flickr @Michael Gallacher. Some rights reserved: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

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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Tending to my plant and my Pilates practice

The jade plant I keep at my Pilates studio in NW Portland attracts a lot of attention and compliments. I started tending to this plant about six years ago -- a small shoot at the time -- and it has steadily grown to include admirable thick stalks with beautiful small, young leaf buds.As I watered her the [...]

March 22nd, 2016|
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Perfect is boring: The value of learning in Pilates

One of the most rewarding parts of teaching Pilates and being a student of Pilates is introducing a new exercise or increasing the level of difficulty to an exercise that has been mastered.In those first attempts at executing a new move, students (myself included) inevitably struggle. It is in those first attempts, though, that we [...]

February 4th, 2016|
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Pilates and moving with intention

I have found over the years that people in Portland dedicated to the practice of Pilates have a "Pilates story" -- the time they took their first class that had them hooked, the injury that led them to a studio for rehabilitation, the "Aha!" moment that made them know they would practice Pilates forever.I read with amusement this article about a [...]

December 18th, 2015|
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Benefits of Pilates for chronic health issues

Pilates is a diverse movement system that provides a unique combination of strength, stretch, flow, concentration and energy. Such a diverse set of tools in the wellness toolbox makes Pilates especially beneficial for people facing long-term injuries, arthritis, chronic headaches and pain, and systemic challenges such as auto-immune disorders. One of the motivators to deepen my own Pilates [...]

November 10th, 2015|
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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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Your feet: the most important body part in Pilates?

Our feet are what make it possible for us to move through the world and ground us firmly to the earth. They are critical in our efforts to avoid injury and yet are often overlooked in our wellness routines. Our feet say a lot about the general condition of our bodies: they show signs of [...]

September 27th, 2014|