Is Sitting the New Smoking? Pilates Can Help Add Years to Your Life!

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sitting-is-new-smokingAmericans are sitting more now than ever. According to Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the standing desk, we lose two hours of living for every hour that we sit.  He found that people who mostly sat and were inactive were more likely gain weight, get diabetes, have heart attacks and develop ...

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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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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 the Older Adult – You CAN Age Gracefully!

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large_REFORMER-21Growing old does not have to mean giving up an active lifestyle. Whether it’s your weekly golf game or tennis league or playing with your grandchildren, 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 ...

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Pilates Exercise Focus on The Swan

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Swan on Cadillac

The Swan is one of my favorite Pilates exercises and one that can be performed on almost all of the apparatus. An “extension” exercise, it is referred to as the Swan Dive (on the mat) and variations include a rocking swan, a simple Press Up, and Swan Dive Prep. The muscle focus is on the spinal extensiors that run ...

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Pilates after Breast Cancer Reconstruction

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As Octimageober has become known as breast cancer awareness month, I thought I would share some information on the benefits of Pilates for breast cancer survivors.

Why Pilates for Breast Cancer?”Contrology”, AKA Pilates was first developed by Joseph Pilates to help injured soldiers “Return to Life” by strengthening their muscles, improving their flexibility and regaining their previous vigor. One of his first proteges in New York was Eve Gentry. She had undergone a ...

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The Benefits of Ballet Barre Inspired Training

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Image courtesy of ToeSoxAre you looking for a fun, fast paced class that works your total body without feeling beat up afterwards? My solution is ballet barre based training. It is the fusion of ballet movements with Pilates-based core exercises.
The principles of ballet barre training can benefit every exerciser, but can seem intimidating. I took my first ballet class at age 13 because I was clumsy and my mom thought it ...

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Pilates and Animals

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Animals and Pilates

Joseph Pilates loved watching animals in zoos and was captivated by their naturally graceful and efficient movements. In Joseph Pilates’ book, Return to Life Through Contrology (aka Pilates) “Your body will be as supple as a cat”. Top photo illustrates the Cat Stretch that flexes and extends the spine while engaging the core. I like to visualize the deep abdominal scoop and big arching back like an angry cat. The ...

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