Interview with Joan Breibart

Interview with Joan Breibart

Through the magic of technology and teleconferencing I had the pleasure of sitting down recently with Joan Breibart, president and co-founder of the PhysicalMind Institute. We had met a few weeks earlier for the first time when she came to a Pilates Mat class I teach at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, FL. That was sort of intimidating—the president of the organization I had certified with showed up, unexpectedly, in my class. Although she didn’t say it when she came in, I knew who she was within a few minutes. As you might imagine I was a bit nervous! Joan was in Orlando for some R&R and to visit her friend and Diet Directives business associate, Meredith Luce. After class I introduced myself and we had a... Continue ...

Posted on June 10, 2008 By

Upcoming Interview and New Pilates Exercise Video

Upcoming Interview and New Pilates Exercise Video

Well the dog days of summer are setting in, especially in Central Florida where it feels like it’s a 110º in the shade. Summer officially starts on the 21st of June but it seems like we’re already deep into the heat. Kids are finishing out their year of school and many parents are in a quandary about how to keep them busy! How many days until school starts?! Summer brings about thoughts of vacations, maybe taking a trip to the beach or hanging out by the pool. Or, possibly visiting another town or country is in the near future. Whatever your summer plans hold for you, be sure to keep checking in with us for upcoming feature stories. We have an interesting interview with Joan Briebart of The PhysicalMind Institute who... Continue ...

Posted on June 5, 2008 By

Pilates Side Bend Exercise Video

Pilates Side Bend Exercise Video

The Side Bend exercise is to enhance lateral mobility of the spine. It primarily targets the transversus abdominis, obliques and scapular stabilizers. Attention should be paid to the abdominal contraction to maintain rib connection and prevent the hips and shoulders from rotating. The cervical spine should stay aligned with the thoracic spine. The Side Bend can be modified by: a) bringing the feet closer to or further away from body to increase/decrease difficulty. b) Leave the bottom knee on the mat, do not fully extend that leg (less pressure in the supporting arm & shoulder). As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any exercise program. If you should experience any... Continue ...

Posted on May 8, 2008 By