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June 2019 Exercise of the Month

June 2019 Exercise of the Month

We are starting an exercise of the month feature here on the Soma Pilates blog. Our goal is to feature great exercises that you can do at home with little to no equipment. Now that June has arrived we’ve noticed that many of our clients are taking advantage of the beautiful weather to get outdoors

Interview with our newest instructor Mika Shafir

Interview with our newest instructor Mika Shafir

What is your favorite Pilates exercise? On the mat I love to do inversion exercises like rollover and on the reformer my favorite is the semi-circle. How did you get hooked on Pilates? I was active and in motion since childhood with after school and weekend activities like swimming, roller skating, gymnastics, and more. During

Client Success Story: John Peltonen

John first came to Soma Pilates after persistent back issues, and has made tremendous progress in the years since.  He’s not only become healthier and stronger, but has also become a better, more resilient scuba diver! Q: When did you start pilates and what led you to Soma Pilates? A: I don’t remember, but I

Kim Stern: Master Trainer Feature

This month, we will be offering Movement Principles, a new instructor course from Balanced Body which will be co-taught by Janet Sunderland and Kim Stern.  Some of you may know Kim from previous trainings she offered at Soma Pilates, but in addition to being a Balanced Body Master Trainer for Balanced Body Barre and Balanced

Client Success Story: Dan Perry

Client Success Story: Dan Perry

Many of our clients come to Soma from a clinical referral, consistent pain, or dissatisfaction with other movement modalities.  One of our now regular clients, Dan Perry, came to Soma after finishing his physical therapy sessions, wanting to extend his post-rehabilitative process.  He takes privates and small group sessions 2-3 times a week, and his

Focus on Physical Therapy: Connecting with Karen Sullivan Kniestedt

Focus on Physical Therapy: Connecting with Karen Sullivan Kniestedt

This month is National Physical Therapy Month, and we’re happy to feature one of our clients, Karen Sullivan-Kniestedt, who is both a Physical Therapist, client, and pilates teacher in training. Q: How has pilates impacted your work as a physical therapist? A: I am a newbie to the Pilates world and I’m loving every minute

Client Success Story: Katie Grainger

Client Success Story: Katie Grainger

This month, we celebrate the one year pilates-versary of Katie Grainger, who came to pilates with chronic pain, and has since become stronger, healthier, and out of pain!   Q:    How long have you been practicing pilates? A: I’ve been in pilates for almost a year now, starting sometime in November 2017. Q:     What brought

Welcoming Our Newest Instructor, Kayleigh Miller!

Janet: What brings you to Seattle? Kayleigh: I’m on a sabbatical, technically, from the job I’ve held these last few years in San Antonio, TX, which was in a symphony orchestra. I was in the finals both times for the symphony job here in Seattle, and I’ve wanted to be able to focus on teaching

Is there a right way to breathe?

Is there a right way to breathe?

As Pilates teachers, one of the most common questions we get is “Is there a right way to breathe?” The answer? It depends on what you’re doing. There are numerous breathing techniques and each of them can be beneficial when applied in the right time and place. This post will break down some common breathing

Why walk when you can run? The Run-Walk-Run Method

Why walk when you can run? The Run-Walk-Run Method

Janet is training for her second marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon this coming winter. How does she train? It’s not how you think…. She walks during all of her runs. The magic is walking intervals. Janet strategically walks during her training runs and plans to walk regularly on race day. Janet is a huge

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