Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017Most people at some point in their lives experience an episode of back pain. Typically these episodes occur when least expected causing muscle spasm, nerve compression pain and immobility. It is important to become aware of your regular daily movements, especially the ones that cause muscular imbalances and repetitive stress like when sitting too long, lifting without using your core, running on high impact surfaces, shoveling snow! and playing one sided sports. read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016The most common question I get asked is to describe the right exercises for a particular malady. The thing that most people don't realize is that the reformer sequence has an order that was designed by Joe Pilates to remedy all maladies and build a correctly aligned and stronger body. read more
Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2016
Pilates is a system of movement, developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s, particularly to heal the injuries of dancers and entertainers who made fitness and wellness the foundation of their lives.
As a student of movement anatomy and a master of human mechanics, Joseph developed equipment and apparatus that miraculously supported the body in its weakness and yet challenged the body in its strength while reforming the way in which you move.
Today, his equipment is made by only a few manufacturers who truly understand or care that the essential dimensions of his original machines and the specific movements that he developed are necessary in order to help your body become the long and lean, strong and supple “Pilates” body revered by athletes, dancers and celebrities around the world.
Together, Stamina and I pride ourselves in being one of those companies who have not only stayed true to Joe Pilates’ vision and teachings, but have designed all our machines with his important specifications in mind...read more
Posted on Sunday, March 6, 2016When we developed the idea of adding a trampoline to a reformer we had no idea how profoundly we were revolutionizing the work of fitness.
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013Meditation is an ancient practice by which a person focuses on a single thought to quiet the mind of all other thoughts, images and sensations. The purpose of this very healing discipline is to learn how to be still; in the present moment, in the "here and now"; letting go of all mental, physical and emotional analysis. Depending on the philosophy of the practice you choose, you will achieve this altered state of calmness in different ways. For years I thought that "meditating" meant sitting in the lotus position on the floor and chanting! I have since learned that it does not have to feel so unfamiliar, awkward or difficult.
Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013
When Leonardo Da Vinci drew the picture of the Vetruvian Man he emphasized the magnificent beauty of our human proportions.
A tall spine with the perfect S-curve to absorb impact as we run with perfect feet through the wild; the right size hands perfectly balanced with the length of our arms which when outstretched measure our height as if you can draw a perfect circle to encompass your whole body. WOW.read more
Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013
"That which is used develops and that which is not, wastes away"
Many of your beliefs about health and fitness come from your parents, teachers at school, what you read in books or hear on TV. Unfortunately reports, books, articles and even infomercials on health and fitness are often riddled with outdated or misguided information, often generated by self-serving entities.
Joseph Pilates on the other hand, over 70 years ago, studied the anatomy of movement and recognized that the body, while ruled by the mind, has an intuitive and efficient movement system based on very simple principles.read more
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
As we breathe our body uses oxygen to produce energy. In that cellular oxidation reaction we produce highly charged molecules called "free radicals" which scavenge on other molecules in our body, causing inflammation and oxidative damage to proteins, membranes and our genetic DNA.
This ongoing oxidative stress alters the natural reproduction ability of our cells and is purported to cause serious conditions like cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and is the main reason for why we see aging in our body. Baby boomers are getting on so "anti-aging" is of enormous interest to the medical community. If your goal is to not only prolong your life but to make sure that the quality of your older years is productive and vital the evidence exists to support that eating antioxidants is the secret.read more
Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012The story was told by Romana Krysonosky, many years ago, while she was teaching us about all the smaller accessories that Joseph Pilates developed that he had an old beer keg in his studio. A student on the reformer whose knees were misaligned needed help to engage her adductor/inner thigh muscles. He walked over to the keg and simply pulled off the metal rim around the top, wrapped some cloth around two sides and voila the 'magic circle' was born.
Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012
My Wellness journey
Traditionally health has been described as “a state of being, devoid of disease and infirmity” but in my mind it includes more than just my physical body.
While western medicine readily treats a single symptom, eastern philosophy has always considered that “disease” is an indication of a larger total body imbalance that must not be treated by its symptom but instead by looking at its root cause.read more
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012
Why do we all feel so tired, lethargic, fat, sick and depressed?
Mainly because our busy, modern lives expose us to thousands of poisons that we cannot adequately eliminate, causing toxic overload which in turn makes us sick and tired.read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Frederick Mathius Alexander was born in Australia in 1869. He was an opera singer who, in an attempt to heal an inexplicable hoarseness that left him unable to sing, discovered that misuse of the neck muscles was the cause of his throat constriction.read more
Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012
Gluten, which is composed of two protein groups, gliadins, which give dough its flow characteristics and glutenins, which provide dough with its elastic consistency, is found in the grains of wheat, barley, rye and oats.
Gluten sensitivity, one of the most undiagnosed yet prevalent conditions, has also been associated with infertility, miscarriage, autoimmune thyroid disease, dermatitis, depression, immune system disorders, brain development problems in infants and children, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and autism. These conditions are mostly treated with medications when a simple change in diet could really help.read more
Posted on Monday, July 5, 2010
About 22 years ago I learned about the dangers of mercury poisoning and while living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the time, I decided to have all of my mercury fillings removed. Little did I realize the danger associated with the removal of the fillings and later learned that the dentist whose dedication to this task, died at a very early age after years of Alzheimer's. Today, believe it or not, there are still dentists that use mercury laden amalgam for fillings, even in kid's teeth.read more
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010In our attempt to become healthy there are so many words that we are unfamiliar with. Here's hoping that our Wellness Dictionary will provide a solution;
Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010
If you think you have Insulin Resistance take the necessary steps to STOP your path to becoming a Diabetic. I can not stress enough how important it is to follow the LighterLiving Lighter for Life Food Plan. The diet will eliminate all your sugar cravings, curb your carbohydrate addiction and help you lose weight. The exercise plan will tone and strengthen your body, improve your posture and get you to your goal weight, quickly and without impact and stress.
Below is our LighterLiving Lighter for Life Food Plan protocol of vitamins and minerals that along with diet and exercise may help protect you from the damaging effects of insulin resistance and diabetes.read more
Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009
Your enthusiasm for my lighterliving Foot Therapy Sandals suggests that you all understand the need for foot exercises and most importantly toe separation. I intend to re-launch a more comfortable and softer version of lighterliving Foot Therapy Sandals in the spring but for fall and winter I am proud to launch a new toe sock that will totally transform how your foot moves, adding dexterity and function to every step.
I have thrown away all my other socks and switched to the profoundly better feeling of Injinji socks. I wear them while performing Pilates and they keep my feet warm while adding traction to any slippery surface without compromising the benefits of the barefoot exercises.
I also wear them in my shoes and cannot express the difference that will totally amaze you as it did me. It is simply the same difference as wearing a glove instead of a mitten on your hand, much better dexterity and function.
Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Every one of us has recurring tightness and/or pain in our back, neck, shoulders, arms or legs. And even though I often understand the cause and can always feel the origin, I am frustrated by my inability to treat it because I cannot personally reach the spot. Regular massage, Pilates, Alexander and other forms of body work definitely help but how freeing it is to be able to address the problem your self.
It was years ago, in pursuit of my Pilates training, that I first met Sean Gallagher, owner of the Pilates Studio in New York, partner with Roman Kryzanowska and successful physiotherapist to the New York City Ballet. He shared with me a simple tool; two tennis balls tied up in a sock that I could use while sitting on a plane to put pressure on a sore spot in my back to release the tension and relax the muscle.
He also gave me a simple routine once I landed in a hotel room where I simply lay on the balls. With my spine in the middle and using my own body weight, moving the balls up and down my spine looking for tight spots, I could perform trigger point therapy. Instantly the pressure forces the tight point to release, blood flow is restored and muscle length replenished. This is an amazing tool to maintain muscle balance and relieve tension, tightness and pain in those "hard to reach" places.