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Article Archive

Pilates Blending

September 24, 2013

“Pilates has changed,” says Nora St. John, MS, education program director for Balanced Body®.
Today, she explains, many Pilates teachers are well educated in biomechanics. “An understanding of both anatomy and the mind-body connection makes you a better teacher and certainly a better problem solver.
“In the best situation, Pilates is taught with the idea of, ‘Who is the client in front of me? What are his or her goals? How can I use this environment to help the client achieve those goals?’ I think this is a good contemporary view of Pilates.”

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Pilates Safety Concerns for Older Adults

February 12, 2013

The Graying of America is a reality. The U.S. Census projects that nearly 1 in 5 of the nation’s residents will be 65 or older by 2030 (AOA 2011). As the senior population grows, interest in maintaining and improving older adults’ quality of life with physical activity is rapidly expanding. For many, however, aging comes…

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Fitness and Wellness Industry Game Changers: A Window into the Next 30 Years

December 6, 2012

The future of health care is becoming reality at a faster pace than any of us could have imagined. Over the next 30 years, accelerating advances in medicine and technology will allow the industry to radically recalibrate its focus toward health and wellness strategies. Fitness and wellness professionals will have front-row seats for this game-changing trend. With that in mind, IDEA Fitness Journal asked leaders in the fields of science, medicine, business and fitness to explain how the evolution of health care will affect our industry in the coming decades.

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An Interview with Lolita San Miguel

August 4, 2012

Seventy-seven-year old master teacher Lolita San Miguel believes in always putting your best foot forward. Toward that end, she teaches Pilates instructors how and why the foot can impact our overall well-being.

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Mary Bowen, Part Two

May 4, 2012

It has been more than five decades since 81-year-old Pilates elder Mary Bowen began working with Joseph Pilates, and she has continued to develop and grow her own distinctive and charismatic style ever since.

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Lineage Links: Mary Bowen, Part 1

March 2, 2012

First-generation master teacher Mary Bowen is a Pilates treasure. At 81, she still shares her distinctive blend of Pilates and Jungian psychoanalysis with students as a full-time practitioner, calling her combined approach Pilates Plus Psyche.

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Lolita San Miguel’s Living Legacy

October 24, 2011

“Boundless energy,” “intense creativity” and “an enduring devotion to Pilates” are all phrases that Pilates professionals use in describing Lolita San Miguel. A first-generation master teacher, the 76-year-old San Miguel has taught and inspired Pilates teachers and students for more than 50 years.

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How the Mind, the Body & the Environment Affect Our Health

June 14, 2011

Dr. Esther Sternberg is one of the world’s leading researchers in the complex and evolving science of mind-body interaction and its affects on illness and health. As section chief of neuroendocrine immunology and behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Sternberg has made discoveries that have helped answer such weighty questions as, How and why does stress affect our health, and do our surroundings have the power to heal?

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International Pilates Training: Missionary of Movement

December 23, 2010

For more than 30 years, Michael King has been a passionate and perceptive ambassador for the Pilates method. Reminiscent of Billy Elliot in the acclaimed movie, King grew up in Scunthorpe, England, a Northern steel town, and was the first boy from the North Lincolnshire area to become a dancer.

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Fix Your Feet With Pilates, Part Two

October 21, 2010

In part two of “Fix Your Feet With Pilates,” Kathryn Ross-Nash, author and Pilates teacher, affirms that Pilates is excellent for helping to correct and prevent foot problems: “I believe we need to remind our clients regularly about the importance of taking care of their feet. We need to train the feet just as we do the rest of the body.

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Fix Your Feet With Pilates, Part One

September 2, 2010

Healthy feet are critical to good health. Although they are the foundation of the human body, many of us give little attention to their proper care. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that 43.1 million people in the United States (1 in 6) have problems with their feet. Thirty-six percent regard these foot problems as serious enough to warrant medical attention (AAOS 2006).

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Pilates and the Science of Human Movement

August 16, 2010

The anatomy of human movement and its importance to the Pilates Method is a provocative and complex topic. Many Pilates professionals have convergent views on the issue, while others have different perspectives and approaches. Rael Isacowitz, MA, founder and director of Body Arts and Science International® (BASI Pilates®), and Karen Clippinger, MSPE, a professor at California State University, Long Beach, are tackling this stimulating subject in a new book called Pilates Anatomy, scheduled for release spring 2011 (Human Kinetics).

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Trusting the Work

May 24, 2010

First-generation Pilates master teacher, Jay Grimes has well-defined opinions about the way the Pilates method should be taught and is certainly not shy about expressing them. “Teaching is the communication of knowledge and ideas and one presumes that you have that knowledge and those ideas before you begin to communicate,” he affirms. “Talking is one way to communicate about Pilates but you can also do it with a touch, a look, an expression, by using body language or with silence.

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Epigenetics and Heredity

May 18, 2010

The emerging field of epigenetics is changing scientific thinking about the way our genes work and may have profound implications for our health and the health of our children and grandchildren.

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Sustainable Farming and Fitness: A Perfect Fit

October 12, 2009

Recent public concerns about food quality, safety and the environment have sparked a major trend toward eating healthier foods and have introduced
the term sustainable farming into the American lexicon. Consumers are buying more organic foods grown locally by farmers using sustainable and socially
responsible practices in an effort to preserve the earth’s precious resources.

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The Future of Pilates

July 7, 2009

T“The Future of Pilates,” a unique, innovative and thought-provoking panel discussion, was presented to an overflowing room of enthusiastic attendees last September at the 2008 Inner IDEA Conference, held at the La Quinta Resort & Club near Palm Springs, California.

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Pilates Cuing Is an Art

October 24, 2008

Proper cuing is the essence of teaching Pilates. The learned skill of communicating effectively to a client on all levels is a critical ingredient of top-notch cuing. Moira Merrithew, co-founder of STOTT PILATES® and its executive director of education, says that successful cuing has the effect of “getting [clients] to move efficiently through an exercise, so they get the most out of it. That could mean performing a movement with a specific intention quality or with the correct muscular engagement and muscle-firing patterns.

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