Posts tagged health
Pilates Loves Your Body

Lately, in the Pilates community there’s been some buzz about body shaming.  As someone embedded in the Pilates world since the 90’s I can honestly say, I have never felt that body size was a factor in this industry.  I am so sad that it has become a conversation.  As a matter of fact, a curvy, heavier teacher recently said to me, “I embraced Pilates as my fitness choice because anyone of any size, or age, or physical condition is welcome.”  One of my first clients was about 75 pounds overweight.  You know what she taught me?  That sometimes bigger clients get more nervous standing on the reformer or going up and down on the electric chair—that’s it.  The rest of the session was a mix of ups and downs, successes and humblings, just like any other Pilates session.

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A Gift in Your Honor

Of all the things that BodyTonic has achieved in the last 17 1/2 years, the thing I am the most proud of is the community.  If I ever had any doubt as to whether or not I should continue to put the blood, sweat and tears into running a business it was quickly put to rest as I sat with these beautiful people who have been pulled into our Pilates vortex.  If I could bottle up the vibe and give it away, the world would be changed forever.

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Elevating the Spirit

My first introduction to the Pilates Mat was as a moody but disciplined teenager at the High School for Performing Arts.   It was a required course in our dance curriculum alongside classical ballet and Martha Graham technique.  I don’t think I loved it, but I’m not sure I hated it either.  Something about it must have felt right though because, fast forward, 10 years later while crammed behind a desk in the offices of PEOPLE Magazine, I went searching for that feeling of stretch, strength and vitality.

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