Category Archives: Healing with Exercise

Mammogram Controversy

Last year my routine mammogram report came back as suspect and they wanted to do a follow up diagnostic mammogram.  it’s the same machine, same process only they get more angles, use a lens that can zoom in tighter, and there’s greater radiation exposure. I didn’t do it.  I am skeptical about diagnostics.  Especially when […]

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WHY TELL YOUR FITNESS INSTRUCTOR ABOUT YOUR MEDS

I recently spent some time teaching private Pilates sessions at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The population skews older with the average being in their 60s.  Part of my protocol is to gather information about health conditions and medications. Whether your are an instructor or client – do not skip this part. As I discovered, most of […]

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Pilates Benefits: A Return to Life

What is Pilates and how will it benefit you?  I get that question a lot.  In short, it meets you where you are right now and takes you further than you can imagine. Need more strength?  Balance? Muscle? Coordination?  You’ll get it. Pilates is a way to more fully realize your potential. Recently, WebMD showcased […]

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HOW TO FIND A WELL-QUALIFIED PILATES INSTRUCTOR

Pilates certifications can be snagged in a weekend or take several years and hundreds of hours to earn. I invested two years studying for my comprehensive certification which also included an apprentice program. I delved deeply into anatomy, biomechanics and how to work with injuries and limitations. It’s a fascinating and endless journey. More than […]

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PILATES FUZZY BOOTS HANG

Pilates fuzzy boots and aerial yoga inspired me to hang a pink parachute hammock from the ceiling in my living room. I just mounted sturdy hooks right into the studs. It easily support my body allowing me to swing, stretch, and hang upside down. The anti-gravity feels great, especially after a long stressful day.  I […]

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Pilates for Plantar Fasciitis

From blisters to bunions, most of us will suffer from foot problems more than once during our lives. Some issues can be resolved with over-the-counter remedies, targeted Pilates exercises, reflexology and gently rolling your feet on a tennis ball. But if the pain you feel is in your heel and it doesn’t go away within […]

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EXERCISE TO PREVENT ADDICTION RELAPSE

Despite the many psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic interventions, relapse rates for substance abuse and dependence remains high.  A 2011 European review article reported in The Scientific World Journal took a close look at affects of exercise on relapse prevention.  The outcomes show promise. EXERCISE AS THERAPY The authors scoured the databases of Pub Med, Medline, and […]

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THE MENOPAUSE WEIGHT GAIN MYTH?

As a Pilates instructor, more than one of my clients have complained about menopause middle, that extra weight around the waist that women can get. How to get rid of it?  Exercise, good nutrition and sound sleep –  the traits of a healthy lifestyle at any age, are ever more important at middle age. According […]

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PILATES LATERAL-BREATHING INCREASES LUNG CAPACITY

Joseph Pilates was known to say that breathing is the first and last act of life. Can’t argue with that.  But breathing is not something we think about ordinarily;  it is mostly an unconscious biological function.  When we do pay attention, breathing can transform your Pilates workout and your life. PILATES LATERAL BREATHING In Pilates, […]

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PILATES IMPROVES SEX

Pilates does a body good in many ways. Improves balance, strength, flexibility, confidence and strengthens the pelvic floor. All that helps improve that most intimate of acts, sex.  Most people have heard of the Kegel method to improve a woman’s pelvic floor, but Pilates can be better.  So says this blogger/ Pilates instructor in the […]

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