Balancing Pilates with your Commitments

Balancing Pilates with your Commitments

Amanda and her family I am one of the many, many Pilates Instructors who teach because I love the Method, not because it earns me a living.  To do that, I have a full-time job.  In addition, I have two children under the age of two.  Because teaching Pilates is such a personal choice, not often looked at as a “job,” Pilates Instructors must constantly search for ways to better balance their many commitments. Here are some tips that I, and other teachers I know who wear multiple hats, have found to work: Organization: Whether you have a paper planner or you use an electronic system, you MUST know where you are supposed to be and when, and with whom. I use an iPhone and have all of my classes and private lessons... Continue ...

Pilates for Power in Your Golf Game

Pilates for Power in Your Golf Game

Golfers are a unique breed of athlete. Many go straight from their car to the driving range or the first tee box without any thought about the condition of their bodies. Are they warmed up, are they tight, did they stretch out and get prepared for the work that lies ahead? In most cases the answer is no. This is because they don’t view golf as an athletic pursuit or understand the affect their bodies can have on their games. Well, golf is definitely an athletic endeavor and building muscle and strength in the lower body can help prepare golfers for the rigors of the game. Adding a few extra yards to their drives wouldn’t hurt either. Power in the golf swing is created in a couple different ways. Number one is the golfer’s... Continue ...

Foam Roller Fun

Foam Roller Fun

Are you incorporating the foam roller into your Pilates exercise routine? We sell them to our clients all the time and they love using them at home. There are so many exciting and challenging options with the roller. It is a great addition to a group class, private session or home routine. Balancing can be difficult because of the small surface area, but the foam roller also helps with modifications for certain exercises, stretching and therapeutic work. Try some of my favorites to change up your routines: Toe Taps/Knee Lifts Bring legs to table-top and hands to the side. Alternate reaching each foot to the floor and returning to table-top, while maintaining stabilization in your torso, pelvis and lower back. Ab Prep Lying... Continue ...

Three Simple Pilates Exercises for a Better Golf Game

Three Simple Pilates Exercises for a Better Golf Game

All golfers know they need to work on rotation, balance and stability. This is stating the obvious. There are also a handful of exercises that benefit the golfer that might not be so obvious. Of course, we know each golfer has individual needs, as with all athletes, but these three simple Pilates exercises should be a part of every golfer’s routine.  If you are a Pilates instructor and want to know more on how to identify and correct
 golf swing faults using the Pilates Method we have written a manual called Pilates for Golfers. Pelvic Tilt This is actually a warm-up exercise, but great to help create more mobility and coordination in the pelvis, hips and lumbar spine. All of which are important during the golf swing... Continue ...

Principles of Pilates

Principles of Pilates

If you have experienced true Pilates, the many principles behind the practice of Pilates have helped you to achieve the most from your sessions. Pilates is amazing and because of these principles that work together in each exercise – breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization and head and cervical placement, you will see unbelievable results safely and effectively. As Joseph Pilates says, “In ten sessions you will feel the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body”. We will discuss each principle in detail so you can understand their importance and physically feel them. The first principle we are going to discuss in this article is breathing. Breathing, not... Continue ...

The Training of a Pilates Instructor

The Training of a Pilates Instructor

There are many organizations that are training Pilates instructors, with more developing all the time, but how do we know if they are reputable and have a good quality training program. Organizations are usually referred to as Classical Pilates or Contemporary Pilates. Classical Pilates teaches exactly the way Joseph did. Contemporary Pilates is based on Joseph’s teachings, but has also researched what we have learned about our body over the years and applies the principles of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. STOTT PILATES ® began their first original Studio in Toronto in 1988. Moira Merrithew and Lindsey Merrithew began to manufacture professional Pilates equipment in 1993, with their education program following... Continue ...

The Muscles of the Pelvic Floor

The Muscles of the Pelvic Floor

What do you mean lift my pelvic floor? This is what we hear from some of our clients, but patiently we get them to learn, use and appreciate their pelvic floor muscles. As Pilates instructors, we know how important the muscles of the pelvic floor are and why we emphasize them to our clients. As Pilates participants, we might not know, but we should understand the many functions these muscles participate in. Our pelvic floor consists of several muscles, which support the bladder, uterus, rectum and prostate. The function of the pelvic floor that we most hear about is their help in controlling urine. Many women have been told to do Kegel exercises to help strengthen and control urine leakage. Common causes of the pelvic... Continue ...