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Circa 1920s. From my vintage exercise collection.

Circa 1920s. From my vintage exercise collection.

Back in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s, “Physical Culture” became hugely popular — think Indian clubs, hanging rings, and calesthenics. Joseph Pilates’ system, which he called “Contrology,” was an offshoot of this trend. This month, I’m sharing some photos from my vintage collection.

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The spine corrector helps ensure proper blood flow to your baby during your workout.

The spine corrector helps ensure proper blood flow to your baby during your workout.

SHORT ANSWER: Yes, Pilates can be a great way to stay active during pregnancy, prepare for the rigors of delivery and bounce back a little faster after having your baby.

Good to know: as your body adapts over the 40 weeks of your pregnancy, your positions and exercises will also need to adapt. For this reason, I highly recommend private Pilates training during your pregnancy, particularly if you are new to Pilates. Experienced Pilates junkies may be able to continue with group classes, but proceed with caution.

Golden Rule for Pilates during Pregnancy: slow your movements down, make your movements smaller, listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

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Yup, bad-ass athletes do Pilates

Yup, bad-ass athletes do Pilates

Think Pilates is just for chicks? No way, my friends! San Jose Sharks Defenseman Brent Burns uses his Stretch Reformer every dang day.  He credits Pilates with changing the way he moves, boosting his strength, coordination and agility. He calls his stretch Allegro reformer “an incredible athletic training tool.” View full article »

Ironically, the phrases,“it’s as easy as breathing,” and “it’s as natural as breathing,” often don’t depict reality. Using your breath effectively isn’t always easy or natural.

On the plus side, it’s not difficult to begin mastering your breath and using it to affect your mood, energy and the way other people perceive you. View full article »

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It’s mid-January and you may be in the same boat as millions of other “new year’s resolution” exercisers – the sore, tight muscle club.  Need an easy way to get relief?  Try using an Epsom Salt bath. Now, I’ll be honest with you – when I was in massage school, I simply didn’t believe it would help. But… I was required to try it for hydrotherapy class.  Low and behold, it’s a huge help. Here’s how it works: View full article »

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