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    Keep It Simple To Build Competence and Confidence – a Recap of the Teacher Training Event at Body Harmonics

Keep It Simple To Build Competence and Confidence – a Recap of the Teacher Training Event at Body Harmonics

On September 8th Body Harmonics hosted its first Teacher Training Open House in Toronto—a chance to meet teacher trainers, learn more about the teacher training program, even take classes and get up close and personal with Margot McKinnon, founder of Body Harmonics and Director of Body Harmonics Teacher Training.

The “Who’s Who” of Who Attended

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Pilates Mat Class for Power & Ease in Shoulders

Millions of people suffer from neck and shoulder tension. It can build up from poor posture, excessive sitting, overuse, and general stress and anxiety. Treatments for neck and shoulder tension can include manual therapies like massage or chiropractic. I love addressing this annoying and often chronic issue through effective movement.

How do I do this?

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    Hanging series to integrate arms with torso: think like a monkey

Hanging series to integrate arms with torso: think like a monkey

Here’s a great way to work your upper body while having fun. This series integrates the arms with the torso and can help release tension in the upper body while building strength.

We’re using a Pilates Cadillac today, but you can do this in a gym or even at a playground.

Hanging series to integrate arms […]

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    How to breathe better and decrease your stress Part 2: Breathing & movement techniques

How to breathe better and decrease your stress Part 2: Breathing & movement techniques

In Part 1 of How to breathe better and decrease your stress, I discussed the anatomy of the respiratory diaphragm and how it works. Your diaphragm not only helps you breathe, but also affects your circulation, blood pressure, posture, digestion and stress response. Today, I’ll teach you some simple, effective ways you can condition […]

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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

A couple years ago I 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 decided […]

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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 […]