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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

Running, Racing, and Pilates

Running, Racing, and Pilates

We’d love to congratulate Vanessa on her first season of marathon training and her great race time in Olympia. Here is her story about running, racing, and how Pilates helped as cross-training: My husband and I spent winter 2017 training for our first marathon. For twenty-one weeks, we followed a training schedule designed for a

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

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