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Why We Move Today, So We Can Heal Tomorrow.

The truth is health challenges are not discriminating. They can strike the healthy and fit as easily as a deconditioned person. “If we listen when our body whispers we do not have to hear it scream.” I do not know the origination of this quote. I say it quite frequently. The challenge is we are

Support not Fear, Positive not Negative

It is possible to respond to someone’s difficult news with support rather than fear, regardless of your personal situation. Really it is possible. It requires us to believe in the best of what is possible. Yet the common response to adversity is not generally uplifting. It is quite the opposite. In May I was diagnosed

Eighty Percent Mind, Twenty Percent Movement.

I was out for a 9 mile run earlier this week. Before I even got out the door, I was thinking; is it too humid, can I make it 9 this morning, maybe I should have started earlier, I could do it tomorrow, I have 3 more weeks before my 20k (12.4 miles), there is

Start Before You Are Ready

As I sat down to write this blog I googled the title. The result was 844,000,000 in 43 seconds. I guess lots of people are talking about this, so there must be something to it. The basic summary of the top line items was that successful people start before they feel completely ready. As Richard Branson put

Find Your Inner Olympian

It seems everywhere I look the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are featured. The Biggest Loser contestants were at the US Olympic Training Center in Utah a couple of weeks ago. Most magazines about fitness, yoga or Pilates have one or more articles about Olympians and their workout regimes. Local gyms are holding “Olympic” competitions within

My Motivation Matrix (Part 3 of 5) – Get Out the Door, Get Moving and Track Your Progress.

When we last chatted, you had found an event to register for, teamed up with a buddy, and were getting yourself the right gear for the activity of your choosing. You made the commitment and got the shoes now to actually get you moving. Re-enter our challenges, “It’s too hot.” “It’s too cold.” “It’s raining”…

My Motivation Matrix (Part 2 of 5) – Get in Gear.

When we left our story last week, you were finding an event to register for and possibly teaming up with a buddy. Now that we have our event and our training plan we need the right gear! Today I’m talking about three categories of gear to get you started: Shoes and socks Clothing Water bottles

What is Pilates? Who was Pilates?

Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.Joseph H. Pilates 1945 People commonly say “Pilates was a person?!” He was indeed! Anyone that has been to my studio has seen the photo of the original studio in New York complete with Joe, his wife Clara

What Holds You Back?

I am always a little surprised by the ways in which we sabotage ourselves with what we can’t do rather than just saying “I’m doing that” whatever that is. Many moons ago I got a postcard in the mail to “go further than you’ve gone before”. It was a flyer for a marathon fundraising group.

Why I do what I do.

Habits are invisible. Movement just happens. You don't actively think about how to stand up and walk across a room. Right?? Unless a foot or knee or hip are not working as they should then it can be tough or downright painful.

The human body is an amazing instrument and everyone’s is different. Some people have long limbs and short torsos, some have long torsos and short limbs, some are lean and naturally muscular, others work hard to build strength and even harder to gain and maintain flexibility, while more still have such flexibility in their elbows, knees, shoulders and hips that the muscles need to work overtime to protect them from injury. Or more commonly learn how to recover.

Pilates and Yoga Therapy are tools I have used to rehab injuries for myself and post-rehab with my clients. I know what it is like to work through an injury. It is extremely rewarding to guide my clients on their path to strengthen, re-balance, and improve their overall functional fitness.

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