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The Best Gifts for Pilates Lovers and Clients! Gift Guide 2023

  There's nothing like that special moment when your gift just HITS! Here are my go-to favorite gifts for 2023.   Vooray Core Cross Body Bag — $30 Coming in multiple colors and patterns, this cross body is the perfect gift. With multiple compartments and room for a phone of any size, this cross body gives the gift of organization, convenience, and is so cute! Recovery Oil with Pure Essential Oils — $26 Is there

By |2023-12-13T11:51:45-08:00December 11th, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

NFL x Pilates — The Major Benefits of Pilates Apparatus Work for Elite Players

As Thanksgiving memory-making comes to a close, the rest of the season is upon us. I'm not just talking holidays... I'm talking grit. I'm talking sweat and effort. I'm talking...Gridiron! If you know a football player or watch games, you can appreciate how incredibly grueling it is physically and mentally. As a Pilates instructor, I hadn’t had much personal experience with elite football until I trained some NFL players this off season. It was such

By |2023-11-30T13:28:35-08:00November 29th, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

Redefining Our Roles in the Pilates Industry by Marimba Gold Watts

by Marimba Gold Watts Recently I read an article in the New York Times that discussed how the pandemic is taking women out of the workforce. Families are forced to choose between staying home to provide childcare and virtual education and maintaining employment. The burden seems to fall disproportionately on women throughout the globe. There is an unspoken expectation that women will take care of the kids, a large chunk of the housework, and

By |2021-01-21T10:47:30-08:00January 15th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Sleep?

“I’ll sleep when I’m dead” / “Sleep is for the weak” / “Sleep is overrated” We have all heard these quotes spoken as a “badge of honor” at some time, maybe even from ourselves. But did you know that skimping on sleep is serious business and sleep deprivation is associated with shorter lifespans? As health and wellness guides, it is our responsibility to share with others how important sleep really is. Skimping on sleep… what’s

By |2020-09-22T13:19:17-07:00October 10th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Nerd Gift Guide

By Karen Ellis     I’m finally on top of things this year, just enough, to make my own a Pilates Gift guide. Everything on this list is something I personally use or have. Some items could be gifts to give, others just a little treat for yourself! I don't get any kickbacks, discounts or credit for recommending these products (except for my own products), I just really, really like them and I hope you do, too!!

By |2020-09-23T21:01:10-07:00November 21st, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

A Retrospective with a Master – Bob Liekens

By Karen Washburn Ness I first met Bob at a Pilates Method Alliance conference in 2003, and I was impressed by his knowledge, generosity, humbleness, and effectiveness as a teacher.  Here was the man who had the answers I wanted about Pilates, and was more than willing to share all that he knew!  Since that initial meeting, I have met countless instructors who feel the same way about Bob: he is a true master of

By |2020-09-15T18:49:02-07:00November 6th, 2013|Blog|8 Comments

Spondylolisthesis She Wrote

By Karen Ellis. It happened again. I was in a Mat class recently and I got frustrated -even sad- that I couldn’t do a few exercises...

By |2017-09-04T12:51:28-07:00September 4th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Spondylolisthesis She Wrote
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