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Pilates Myth Buster: Props are for the Weak

Pilates Myth Buster: Props are for the Weak

Props – like pillows, wedges, balls and bands – allow people to do a particular exercise successfully and without tension. We use props in Pilates so that people of all different shapes, abilities, and flexibilities perform a certain exercise well, using the correct muscles. Props can accommodate for a long list of barriers, such as stiff joints, muscular weakness, grippy/tight muscles, various spinal

What does your Pilates class level say about you?

What does your Pilates class level say about you?

“I’ve been practicing Pilates for years. Hey, where’s my Pilates black belt?” In many forms of movement you get ranked on merit. There’s a varsity and a JV in team sports. Or you can earn belts in the martial arts world. And the ranking can become a goal itself, in addition to the pursuit of better

Pilates Movement Principle #1: Breathing

Pilates Movement Principle #1: Breathing

Diaphragm Separating Thoracic Cavity from Abdominal Cavity  The first of the Pilates Movement Principles is Breathing. Most of us don’t spend much time considering how we breathe or why it’s important. But there is amount of surprising action involved in respiration. The primarily muscle involved in breathing is the diaphragm, which is a dome shaped

Cleveland Street Traffic Impacts Staring This Week

One of our clients kindly forwarded this traffic notice from the City of Redmond. If you are driving to the studio for an evening class this summer, you’ll have to give yourself a few extra minutes for construction. “If you work or commute through Downtown Redmond after 3:30 pm, please note that the summer schedule for

Welcome Sarah

Welcome Sarah

We’re happy to announce that Sarah Richardson is joining us at Soma Pilates. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better. How long have you been taking Pilates? I started taking Pilates in 2007, after I badly sprained my ankle. I returned again after I sprained the other ankle, then again

Introducing CoreAlign®

Introducing CoreAlign®

This last weekend Soma Pilates hosted a CoreAlign® instructor training. We spent Saturday and Sunday learning stretches and exercises on our newest piece of equipment. I’ve been practicing some of the moves, and I’ll admit, I’m pleasantly sore today. Here are a few reasons why we’re so excited about CoreAlign®. Posture CoreAlign® is unique because

Welcome Rebecca

Welcome Rebecca

We’re happy to announce that Rebecca Crouse Romann is joining us at Soma Pilates. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better How long have you been a teaching Pilates? I’ve been teaching for 7 years . When did you first fall in love with Pilates? I really fell in love

My Favorite Thing in the New Studio

My Favorite Thing in the New Studio

It’s now been well over a year since we moved into our new digs here on Cleveland Street and we’re so happy to have the extra space and the separate areas so that we can run classes and privates simultaneously.  I must say however that my absolute favorite change in the studio has to be

Welcome to the Soma Pilates Blog

Welcome to the Soma Pilates Blog

We are so excited that as a part of our fantastic new website update we will be now having a studio blog.  Stay tuned every Monday to hear the latest from your favorite instructors at the east side’s best Pilates studio.  I am hoping to showcase a variety of topics here on the blog from

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