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Want Free Pilates? Try Perkville

Want Free Pilates? Try Perkville

Here at Soma, we offer our clients a way to earn free Pilates. It’s easy to use our rewards program. Simply register for Perkville and create a password. Then you are ready to earn points for things you do every day. Redeem 300 points for a Small Group Training and 600 points for a Private

Spring Resistance: The Pilates Secret Sauce

Spring Resistance: The Pilates Secret Sauce

How spring resistance differentiates Pilates from Yoga A lunge – with support from the Cadillac and Chair springs   If you didn’t read Part 1 of this series – Yoga and Pilates: Different Branches, Same Tree, check it out. At the core of both Pilates and yoga is a focus on the pelvic area. Pilates focuses on

Pilates and Yoga: Two Branches, Same Tree

Pilates and Yoga: Two Branches, Same Tree

“Aren’t yoga and Pilates basically the same?” Pilates instructors get this question frequently. As a student and teacher of Pilates and Yoga, I’ve had ample opportunity to consider this question. There are many similarities and differences between the two practices, a number of them stemming from individual teaching styles or ‘schools’. I’d like to discuss

Pilates Show-Offs

Pilates Show-Offs

Sport is about winning. Dance is about expressing beauty. Advanced Pilates is about showing off. Advanced Pilates is a demonstration of mastery. In order to execute these fancy moves, you must know and embody basic good movement principles*. You have to live and breathe Joe’s original principles. You have “internalized what it takes to make

The Low Bar for Fitness in 2017

The Low Bar for Fitness in 2017

We are nearing the end of the year. It’s almost January. People are talking about resolutions, the “new you” in 2017, losing the holiday weight, blah blah blah. But I want you to steer away from big goals for a second. Don’t worry we’ll circle back. General health and wellness can be easy. Seriously you

6 Unconventional Ways to Eat Better

6 Unconventional Ways to Eat Better

We all want to eat better so we can feel better and look better. There are a lot approaches to clean eating. There are foods to avoid, superfoods to add in, and even extreme diets you can try.  For some folks, big and drastic diets can be life-changing. I speak from experience. I was a strict gluten-free

Ask An Expert: Clean Eating

Ask An Expert: Clean Eating

Eating well is huge contributor to feeling well. Sure exercise and movement are important, but I’m here to tell you that stress, sleep and nutrition are heavy hitters too. But it can be difficult to wade through the hype on food. There are choices to make at every mealtime. And with all the fad diets, advertising and general

NO EXCUSES

NO EXCUSES

Every week, I hear a lot of excuses… because I ask for them. As a Pilates instructor, I ask my clients how they are feeling at the start of every workout. It’s a good safety practice as a fitness professional to gauge your clients’ mindset and body before they move. And I also ask, “what have you

Welcome Nicole!

Welcome Nicole!

Say hello to Nicole. She’s just recently joined the team here at Soma Pilates. If you come in for weekend Pilates, you’ll see her every Saturday morning. Nicole is an author, yogi, and board game enthusiast in addition to a Pilates instructor. A woman of many talents if I ever met one! To learn more about Nicole,

Is pain the sign of a good workout? – Part 1

Is pain the sign of a good workout? – Part 1

On our Moving Well Podcast, Nikki and I recently discussed muscle soreness and whether it is the sign of a good workout.  I thought this was a topic that needed to be expanded on with a blog post because there are so many misconceptions and bad information about this topic out there. Here is the

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