Pilates and Pregnancy-Preventing Diastasis Recti

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Pregnancy is an exciting and transformative time in women’s lives. Hormones create many changes including fatigue, nausea, mood shifts, backaches and sleep disruptions. Daily activities like exercise need to adapt to the growing baby yet maintain the health and well-being of the mom. I am frequently asked about whether it’s safe to start or continue doing Pilates during pregnancy as well as when it’s safe to begin exercise after the baby’s delivery.

First, always consult with your physician- s/he knows you ...

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Pilates Day Phoenix 2017 is a Wrap!

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Pilates Method Alliance Pilates Day Phoenix 2017 was a great success! Observed in the beginning of May around the world, Pilates Day is an annual, international, community event. The Pilates Day mission is to foster the public’s appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a network of varied, innovative and quality events. As a proud member of the PMA and a PMA-Certified Pilates Teacher, I am always excited to present wonderful benefits of Pilates to the community. At BellaBody Pilates, ...

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Pilates for Neurological Conditions is Coming!

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Feeling excited to be hosting this terrific program! Led by Mariska Breland, there are instructors coming from Canada, California, Utah and all parts of Tucson to attend this. Looking forward to sharing ideas and learning so many new skills to help my clients. The course covers working with people who have Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and other neurological conditions. I can’t wait to post some great info!

The Benefits of Pilates

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What kind of benefits can one expect from practicing the Pilates Method? Pilates can help keep the body supple, strong, maintaining good balance and posture. Pilates focuses on controlled breathing and quality of movement. Unlike conventional workouts that emphasize quantity of repetitions with heavy weights that work the extremities (arms and legs), Pilates sessions work to build a strong “core”– deep abdominal muscles along with muscles close to the spine. The exercises are low-impact and weight-bearing performed lying down, sitting ...

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Pilates for Every Body

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magic-circle-mat-classThere has been a lot of buzz lately on Pilates Facebook pages and Pilates magazines about what a “Pilates Body” looks like. Most people associate Pilates enthusiasts as skinny starlets rushing out of studios toting  venti Starbucks.  I want to take this month’s column to share a secret with you: Every Body is a Pilates Body. What do I mean by that? ...

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Video: Six Exercises to Improve your Balance

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Here are the six exercises that were prepared for the Good Morning Arizona segment on bone health a few weeks back. Spending just a few minutes a day performing these easy moves will help you gain better body awareness, improve your balance and strengthen your core. All you need is a non-slip surface to stand on and if your balance is a bit shaky, a sturdy chair, railing or counter to hold on to. It is best to practice these ...

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Good Morning Arizona segment on Osteoporosis and Bone Health

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Good Morning Arizona with Dr. ThompsonI was graciously invited by Dr. Sharon Thompson from Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology to join her on a Good Morning Arizona segment discussing Osteoporosis and Bone Health. Doing a segment on a morning show is always exciting! In July 2009,  when I was working as a financial advisor I did a segment on “How to Avoid ...

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Foam Rolling for Strength, Balance and Relaxation

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Like gluten-free foods and essential oils, foam rolling is making headlines. Inexpensive, lightweight and versatile, foam rollers are used for stretching, self-massage, strength and stability exercises. One of the nicest things about using a foam roller as a support for stretching is that you have a curved surface to work on. You are inches off the ground and chances of falling off are minimal so you can really relax into your stretch. You can find many ...
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How Can I Improve My Balance So I Won’t Fall?  

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One thing that seems to be on everyone’s list is improving balance. Whether it’s due to a physical condition, weakness from a surgery or illness, or aging–unsteady balance affects one’s activities of daily living. Did you know that falling is the leading cause of injury-related mortality among Arizona residents 65 years and old in 2014? Falling is the leading reason for emergency room visits for those ages 45-64. Those are scary statistics! Falls can be prevented through modifications ...

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