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    How to breathe better and decrease your stress Part 1: Anatomy & Function

How to breathe better and decrease your stress Part 1: Anatomy & Function

Many years ago, after fainting unexpectedly, I found myself in the back of an ambulance, speeding through the streets of Toronto headed to the nearest hospital. I was awake and lucid and could see the monitor that showed my vital signs from my position on the gurney. As I relaxed in the thought that […]

Why Can’t I Do a Pilates Teaser?

Teaser is a tease! Apparently Joseph Pilates chose the name on purpose—perhaps because it is one of the more challenging exercises in the Classical Pilates repertoire. It certainly takes a lot of strength, flexibility, control and balance to execute successfully.

For many people, however, Teaser is elusive. To understand why, let’s start by deconstructing Teaser […]

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    What sold me on ELDOA and some unexpected surprises along the way

What sold me on ELDOA and some unexpected surprises along the way

My first introduction to ELDOA

About couple years ago I first saw a flyer about ELDOA pass by the studio and didn’t think much of it. Soon after, I heard more and more about this special technique that apparently had amazing results. These days there are so many fads out there. I still wasn’t sold.

I […]

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    Teacher Training Event at Body Harmonics – You Don’t Want to Miss This!

Teacher Training Event at Body Harmonics – You Don’t Want to Miss This!

Every year the Body Harmonics Pilates and Movement Teacher Training program grows. We’ve got a full Pilates Comprehensive Track, nearly 50 Continuing Education Workshops and three Specialist diploma programs. Our training is offered in Toronto, across Canada and now worldwide.

Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Pilates teacher and you’ve got some questions to clear […]

Pilates on the Road: Summer Workout with Ring

When you travel, it’s easy to come up with excuses to sit more and move less. Your body takes a toll and instead of having more energy during your vacation, you feel sore and spent.

After too many trips feeling like this, I came to realize it doesn’t take much to “work out on the […]

Five key takeaways from my hip replacement

For years, I had arthritis in my left hip—quite likely the result of a couple of significant childhood injuries on that side of my body that messed up my gait. Somewhere in my early 50s, the condition tipped into overdrive, and suddenly I was limping, not able to sleep because of pain, modifying my […]

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    How you as a Pilates teacher should introduce yourself to a class

How you as a Pilates teacher should introduce yourself to a class

The start of the class sets the tone for your participants. This is one of the most important parts of a good class and unfortunately most people suck at it! When you deliver a great introduction, participants get a sense of who you are and what to expect from the class.

How do you introduce […]

Pilates class plan for Scoliosis

This plan can be used with clients who have a single C-curve or double S curve. Watch for better support from the feet up into the pelvis as the basis or foundation of the spine and head.

Warm up

Standing roll down

Quadruped neutral spine to cat to neutral to cat etc.

Quadruped hip glides (accommodating for pelvic […]

Fill in the gap: where the thoracic and lumbar spine meet

The spine has the same elements in a human body: natural and balanced curves when in a neutral position. When the pelvis is in a neutral position, it allows for the space between each vertebra as they are aligned in their natural curves.

Look at the spine as having two halves: the upper cervicothoracic half […]

Taking the leap from 9 to 5 while wearing leggings

Pilates instructors come from all different walks of life. Many have transitioned from dance or some other discipline of movement. Athletes, gymnasts, fitness trainers. Others come with an academic background: kinesiology, physiotherapy, exercise science. And then there is me. The 9-to-5er who after years of sitting at a desk, complaining about not having time […]