Pilates & Osteoporosis Blog
April 29, 2014
The Next Step for the Future of Osteoporosis

By in Bone Health, Pilates

In attending the recent International Osteoporosis Foundation’s World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease in Seville this month, I was intrigued by the very subtle reminder from this prestigious forum that bone mineral density (BMD) is just one factor in bone strength and remains a limited one at that.

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January 24, 2014
Minds, bodies and “Her”

By in Mind-body Connection, Personal Expansion

What do we make of a world in which a mind and soul can exist without a body? I imagine my fellow movement professionals and bodyworkers have considered the same notion after seeing the brilliant new film “Her.” The story poses the question portraying a man who falls in love with a computer operating system with artificial intelligence. (Sounds ridiculous, but watch it – it’s incredible.)

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May 2, 2013
Take your Shoulders out of your Pockets

By in Continuing Education, Pilates, Professional Development

A decade ago I had my first private session as a new Pilates student at the Kane School, and in the very first exercise (rolldown with the rolldown bar on the Cadillac), I was stopped in my tracks. I was informed that I was depressing my shoulders and shouldn’t. I thought, but how else then will I stabilize them? I was at a loss after years of physicians, physical therapists, injections and Pilates instructors attempting to help me with my wonky shoulders that liked to do somersaults in their sockets and wing better than any chicken could. That began my journey of true dynamic shoulder stabilization.

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October 19, 2012
Build your Bones and a Better Future

By in Bone Health, Continuing Education, Pilates

October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day, reminding us all of the need to protect our bones.

Many of us in the under-50 age range think about bone health as a concern for our grandmothers or our mothers, but rarely for ourselves. I did too, until I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my late 20s.

My situation may have been atypical, but it is certainly not unheard of. More and more young women are discovering that they have vitamin D deficiencies and other health concerns that can lead to low bone mass at an early age.

Moreover, bone loss begins in our mid-30s, clearly marking bone health as an issue not unique to an older population! Read the rest of this entry »

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July 13, 2012
Choose your Words Wisely

By in Continuing Education, Pilates, Professional Development

Words have been on my mind a lot lately. When teaching a workshop in Spanish in Madrid last month at Pilates Wellness & Energy, I become highly aware of the way we often use way too many words to give a command in English. “Take your feet off the bar” can be condensed to “remove your feet”, or “place your hand on the bar” can be more directly stated as “grab the bar”. When you translate into another language, you realize the most succinct ways to cue. (That said, I also created some of my own verbs – let’s call them Spanglish – much to the amusement of my Spanish colleagues, which I still to this day stubbornly insist would be useful terms…)

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May 25, 2012
Life in 3D (or Tripping on Formaldehyde)

By in Mind-body Connection, Personal Expansion, Uncategorized

Tree or vasculature? You decide.

Last week was my sixth consecutive year of Gil Hedley‘s cadaver dissection at New Jersey medical school, an experience I fondly refer to as cadaver camp for the personal growth and time away it offers.

Throughout the week I was struck by how intensified every sensation was.  It’s not the experience in the gross anatomy lab I’m referring to, but the translation of that experience outside the lab.  Everything I touch, see, smell, hear and taste is amplified. Life is in 3-D IMAX. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 9, 2012
Wild Horses may Run Past

By in Personal Expansion, Professional Development

The wild horses unexpectedly on our path

Yesterday morning, the end of my transformative week of guest teaching Pilates at Rancho La Puerta, I hiked up the mesmerizing Mount Kuchumaa as I have the past three years at the fitness resort. But yesterday was different. Hiking alone with my friend and colleague Barbara Stamis instead of with the group of guests made the experience a unique, solitary and more contemplative one. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 9, 2012
Shout out to Women’s Health

By in Pilates, Professional Development

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January 4, 2012
Occupy…Your Body

By in Mind-body Connection, Personal Expansion

I recently heard on NPR a fascinating story about lexicologists selecting the Word of the Year each December. Kind of like a retrospective for the biggest events or most influential people that year. The selected word is chosen for its broad integration in American culture and the English language. In 2010 the word was “App.” (Not surprising considering the smart phone-ization of our country!) In 2011 the word was “occupy.” The show mentioned that even though “occupy” is a word that’s been part of our vocabulary for ages, this year it took on a whole new meaning stemming from the Wall Street movement.

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July 14, 2011
Heart, Lungs & Aspen Trees

By in Mind-body Connection, Personal Expansion

I’m breathless. Sitting amidst the Colorado Rockies, it’s not the elevation, but the astonishing views that are taking my breath away.

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