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5 Free, Fast and Easy Ways to Fight the Holiday Health Slump

5 Free, Fast and Easy Ways to Fight the Holiday Health Slump

The holidays are a time to celebrate. It’s the season to eat, drink and be merry! But the lack of physical activity coupled with rich meals can take a toll. Studies differ on the amount of weight gained by the average American between Halloween and New Years, but most people will admit to feeling less healthy come

Movement, Mindfulness and Vino!

Movement, Mindfulness and Vino!

Soma Pilates’ 10-year anniversary party was a lively mix of learning, moving and fun.  Throughout the daylong event we welcomed clients, fellow Pilates instructors, friends and neighboring businesses for classes, workshops, shopping and socializing.  A highlight of the celebration was Valentin, an internationally known Pilates Instructor and Balanced Body faculty member who taught two masterclasses for our clients, and a

Confessions of a Reformed Runner

I have a love/hate relationship with running. I love to run, but I tend to hurt myself running, like many people do. In the past, I’d sign up for a race and go gangbusters training for it. On day 1, I’d think “I’m in pretty good shape so I’ll just start training with a half hour

Should I Wear Shoes? And Other Pilates Questions

Should I Wear Shoes? And Other Pilates Questions

We have lots of new people in the studio lately. People are returning to a regular exercise schedule after summer vacations, and there’s a new special on our Fundamentals classes. And with these new people come really good questions about what bring and how to conduct themselves in the studio. So let’s take a moment

Do you pee when you workout?

Do you pee when you workout?

The 3 pelvic floor exercises you NEED to know! Do squat jumps make your nervous (and not just because they’re hard)? Do you build in a bathroom break before you hit your favorite exercise class? Have things felt a little off “down there” since you had a baby (even though your kiddo might be old

Is Flexion Free Pilates for You?

What is Flexion Free Pilates? Flexion Free Pilates is a version of Pilates conditioning that focuses on exercises performed with a neutral spine, omitting exercises that round any portion of the back. Who benefits from Flexion Free Pilates? Everyone. Like regular Pilates, Flexion Free Pilates improves your wellness by: Improving balance Increasing range of motion

3 Questions to Ask Before your Next Workout

3 Questions to Ask Before your Next Workout

I’ve had some friends suffer from unfortunate sports related injuries lately. These are people who inadvertently hurt themselves in the name of getting healthier. And now they are laid up, doing less now than when they started working out. It got me thinking about exercise, and when exercise gives us good outcomes versus bad ones. In my experience, its the people who are intentional

Happy Feet = Healthy Body

Happy Feet = Healthy Body

My fellow instructor Angela and I have been thinking, learning and talking about feet lately. Maybe it’s because April is national foot month. Or maybe it’s the warmer weather which makes everyone is peel off their heavy shoes and wool socks in favor of spring sandals. Feet are often forgotten, unless they are causing pain.

When Group Exercise is Great!

How to find the best fitness classes

I recently joined a gym, and I’ve been exploring my class options lately. Last week, I tried Zumba, boot camp, and ballet conditioning, with mixed results. Some classes fit my goals better than others. And some classes were objectively good and others bad. I can say definitively that I’m going back to ballet next week.

Last Minute Gifts for Pilates Enthusiasts

Pilates Lover Gift Guide

Christmas is COMING! If you’re like me, you’ve procrastinated on your cards and wrapping. Now it’s a week before Christmas, and the only people left on your list are those people who are hard to buy for. So if you have any Barre or Pilates fans to buy for, here’s a short list of gifts

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