Pilates and Running

Pilates and Running

Many runners feel their running activities alone provide them with a very rounded exercise program. However, while running is great cardiovascular work, it can lead to imbalances in the body. Those imbalances can sideline runners and must be addressed in order to continue the activity in a healthy and beneficial way. Pilates is an excellent complement to any runner’s routine as it can help strengthen muscles that are not used specifically for running. There are many different kinds of runners. There are marathoners and other distance cravers who may or may not be competitive; there are short distance runners who also may or may not compete and then there are casual runners who just try to fit in a few miles a week to keep... Continue ...

Posted on April 30, 2008 By

STOTT PILATES® Celebrating Twenty Years

STOTT PILATES® Celebrating Twenty Years

Necessity is the mother of all invention. That is what Lindsay and Moira Merrithew learned when they first started in the Pilates industry in the mid-1980s. Moira needed a reformer to train her clients so Lindsay designed one. Twenty years and a lot of reformers later, the Merrithews, founders of STOTT PILATES ® are instrumental individuals in the Pilates industry. Download the PDF about the Merrithews and the history of STOTT PILATES ® in an article published in the January/February 2008 issue of Fitness Business Canada. It’s a very interesting article. AKPC_IDS += "113,"; Continue ...

Posted on April 24, 2008 By

The Link Between the Mind and Body

The Link Between the Mind and Body

It’s something you do every day, every minute, every second yet you wouldn’t give it a thought unless you couldn’t do it and then it would quickly become an issue. What is it? It’s breathing. Without it we die, with it we live and we can enhance our entire being by our awareness of it. It’s interesting to watch people breathe. As Pilates instructors we are keyed into it not only for ourselves but for our clients. We watch them and ask them to be aware of their breath because it will facilitate their ability to exercise and to maximize their exercise experience. It’s amazing how utterly unaware people are of their breath. When a new client comes to you, it’s a good bet that one of the first... Continue ...

Posted on April 22, 2008 By

Pilates Training in Rhode Island

Pilates Training in Rhode Island

Thank you for your feedback! We have been receiving great comments about Pilates Digest and good resources to post for everyone to read. Our goal is to connect to the Pilates Industry so we all stay “In the Know.” Please continue to tell us what you are doing out there. It is hard to get the word out and we are here to help. We have posted new events in our certification and workshop section happening at Evolution Bodywork & Nutrition in Rhode Island. They will be hosting the well known Kane School of Core Integration, which is based in New York City. Wish I could be there! Check it out! AKPC_IDS += "106,"; Continue ...

Posted on April 17, 2008 By

Is Your Website Search Engine Friendly?

Is Your Website Search Engine Friendly?

Have any of you created a brand new site, waited several weeks, then tried to find it using a search engine? I’m willing to bet many of you were disappointed to realize your site was no where to be found. Don’t fret, you’re not alone. A “build it and they will come” approach may work in the movies, but it definitely doesn’t work for web sites. Many people don’t understand how search engines work and become frustrated when trying to find their site and aren’t able to do so. Fortunately, I’m going to give a brief overview on how search engines “find” web sites and how to make your site search engine friendly so the next time you search for it you’ll hopefully... Continue ...

Posted on April 15, 2008 By

Embrace your fears and you will be grateful!

Embrace your fears and you will be grateful!

Much to my own dismay I am addicted to “Dancing with the Stars” the ABC reality show. I didn’t watch it for the first few seasons but got hooked when Emmitt Smith, the former Dallas Cowboy running back was on the show and became a contender for the coveted “Mirror ball” trophy. He won! It was awesome to watch him perform in an event that was totally out of his comfort zone. Ever since, I have faithfully watched (on DVR of course—who has two hours to sit in front of the TV?) I watched the results show this week and one of the contestants, Adam Corolla, got me thinking. He was voted off (I guess it’s better to say that he didn’t garner enough votes to stay) and during his exit interview he looked directly at... Continue ...

Posted on April 10, 2008 By

Pilates by Rael Isacowitz Book Review

Pilates by Rael Isacowitz Book Review

For a long while I didn’t pick up Pilates by Rael Isacowitz because I made an incorrect assumption that it was just a technical manual. While researching a topic regarding Pilates, I turned to the book for reference and found that I was quite mistaken in my assumption. Not only did I find the information I was seeking, I stumbled into a gem of a book. In the Introduction section Isacowitz explains that the book is geared towards Pilates professionals and serious students of the Pilates method with emphasis of further understanding Pilates and its benefits. He goes on to note that although the Pilates method has evolved since Joseph and Clara Pilates first developed Contrology, Isacowitz himself strives to maintain the essence... Continue ...

Posted on April 8, 2008 By

Liz Koch Teleclass on the Psoas Muscle

Liz Koch Teleclass on the Psoas Muscle

I am always trying to find time to go to one more training seminar. I love learning, don’t you? I think I will always feel like I just can’t get enough new information. Most seminars in our field sound exciting and always have tons of content we all need. Well, Liz Koch, who has spent 30 years teaching and writing about the iliopsoas muscle, is making it easier for us. I have wanted to attend her seminars for years, and it just hasn’t worked out logistically. She is hosting her first teleseminar on the Psoas muscle. If you have an interest or would like a deeper understanding of the Psoas muscle, you can attend this from the comfort of your own home. It starts next Wednesday, April 9th for five consecutive weeks... Continue ...

Posted on April 5, 2008 By

Interview with Alison Bodi from Peak Pilates

Interview with Alison Bodi from Peak Pilates

Like many of us in the Pilates industry, Alison Bodi is driven by an intense passion for doing what she loves. The impact she has on other people’s lives motivates her and the energy she receives from teaching Pilates professionals recharges her. She found Pilates when looking to cross train while playing soccer. A physician helping her with back problems encouraged her to strengthen the muscles around the spine. Of course, Pilates was the answer that not only helped her back, but also changed her life. After being a participant in Pilates for six years, Alison found Peak Pilates and became an instructor herself. She trained under a physical therapist for three years to complete her comprehensive program. Since becoming... Continue ...

Posted on April 1, 2008 By