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The exercise regimen he created that has persevered in efficacy and popularity for over a century continues to keep its participants young and healthy in mind and body. Why is Pilates so effective at combating age?

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Grow tall!

This embryo comes to life only when the perfect alchemy of water, sun, and pressure from the earth creates a chemical reaction, relaying a message that it is time to shed its warm winter coat, grow tall, root itself in the ground, and GROW. Such initiations are not unlike the way my trainer uses gentle pressure to give me something concrete to push against, catalyzing untapped powerhouses of strength and flexibility within.

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Authors of Pain-Free Posture Handbook

Have you noticed how many people are staring at cell phones these days? What about how much we are seated on a daily basis? Did you know that poor posture can cause chronic pains, migraines, and even fatigue? Good news, it can be resolved! For a VERY LIMITED time we are offering a free pass to the most talked about ONLINE health event of the year: The World Posture Summit.

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heart pulse

Stress can come from such a variety of sources in our lives, both internal and external. However, it is usually a result of things we cannot fix, speed up, or control. I have found Pilates to help me deal with my stress because Pilates is about focus and control—focusing on what I can control and then exerting that control to create better strength and alignment in my body. I leave a workout strengthened, empowered, and renewed, both emotionally and physically. I also have just spent an hour mentally and physically away from my stress. Yes, Pilates is definitely part of my anti-stress strategy. Is it part of yours?

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What imagery do you associate with the sternum? Known for its role of protector of the heart, the sternum is connected to the collarbone and ribs by joints that are surprisingly rubbery and flexible.

Try this embodiment exercise to get the fascia around your sternum sliding and gliding with maximum joy and ease. Enjoy fearlessly flying through your day!

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Pain free with Pilates

Pilates is a mindful exercise. It takes purposeful and present thought to direct the work and engage the right muscle groups. Really, it is a practice of mindfulness with all the known benefits resulting: relieving stress (including anxiety and depression), sharpening and focusing the mind, reducing negative emotions, and, of course, improving chronic pain management.

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Surrounded by all sorts of sweets, running in and out of airports, to and from large family meals, and during short winter days, it can be very challenging to stay in shape this time of year. Check this blog out for some suggestions on how to maintain your health during the hectic end of the year.

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power of our hands

Delicate as they may seem, the wrists and hands are powerhouses that transform infinite possibility into concrete action. If you surrender to their delicate grace, your hands may take you to all kinds of beautiful places.

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progress

“Aha! moments.” These are instances when something just clicks—a muscle engagement, a proper positioning, or a specific technique. A significant step forward in one’s Pilates progress has been taken. In my own practice of Pilates and my craft as a Pilates instructor, I am looking for progress, not perfection. When we successfully break down a deep-seated barrier to a deeper connections…Aha!

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Keep your brain young by doing Pilates!

The brain is a very powerful organ in movement. For many years now, studies have established the powerful effect imagining movement can have on our body. Athletes whose preparation for competitions includes mentally imagining the feat at hand achieve better results. Test subjects that imagined moving an immobilized limb lost significantly less muscle mass than those that did no imagery work. Yes, our mind can effect great change in our body.y is that?

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