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Stretch your way to freedom

Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stretching has long been considered the panacea for a tight, tired and lackluster body. If you have taken a yoga class you no doubt understand how much more fluid and energized your body feels because all your muscles are elongated and your joints feel open and free. In most traditional exercise strength training programs the stretching component is considered essential but is often omitted.
Aeropilates magically incorporates stretching within the workout to efficiently strengthen and elongate at the same time. For example in Hug a Tree your chest is opening as you extend your arms and strengthening as you pull forward.  There are also many exercises that can be done to target specific stiffness in your arms, legs and back.
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Sexy Arms; you too can have them

Posted on Friday, March 4, 2016

The most common lament and complaint that I hear from women of all ages is that they hate their arms.

Waving goodbye with flabby triceps or unwanted fat around the bicep prevents most girls from wearing sleeveless shirts and dresses, which sadly means limiting top choices to those with sleeves.

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Feel cool at night

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

We found this great article on the Sleep Solutions site and wanted to share it with you.

With summer on the way, many older women are actually dreading the approach of warmer weather.  The reason is that they’re dealing with the symptoms of menopause.  Hot flashes can make sleeping difficult even in colder weather, but as it gets warmer, that particular symptom can be even more troublesome.  

Could it be the pillow you use or the mattress surface you sleep on?

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Motion Sickness and AeroPilates

Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2015

Very occasionally one in thousands of customers might write to me about feeling slightly dizzy while jumping on their AeroPilates reformer. read more

Vitamin D is so often ignored

Posted on Monday, February 9, 2015

Vitamin D is affectionately known as the sun vitamin even though it is not a vitamin and is officially considered a pro hormone because our body can actually produce it. We are also able to ingest it through food.
In order to manufacture Vitamin D it was originally believed that we need unprotected sun exposure for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times a week however recent studies are finding that over 50% of Americans are deficient.  

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Does self criticism work?

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This is the time of the year when everyone focuses on fitness and wellbeing. Possibly this stems from guilt after over indulging during the holidays and neglecting your commitment to self care.
Please don't do that to yourselves and remember that we all deserve to enjoy every moment of every day to the fullest.
Over the years I continue however to find solutions to the daily concerns we face and negative things we do that then dampen our spirit and instill the need for self criticism guilt.

Some of these include:
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Discovering your Powerhouse

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014


Joe Pilates recognized the importance of a strong core. He aptly named it your Powerhouse. Your core or Powerhouse includes the abdomen, lower back and pelvis and all the muscles that help to stabilize and move these body parts.

In his method of training called contrology, he focused on the correct use of these essential core muscles throughout every entire exercise so as to maintain appropriate positioning of the body while other muscles are activated.

When your core muscles are strong and educated they know exactly what to do to stabilize your lower back, pelvis and spine while you move your arms and legs.

Without this body awareness you become prone to injury and a weak core is mostly the explanation for lower back pain.

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The 10 minute revival workout

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014

If you truly only have a few minutes I recommend that you perform the following exercises on your AeroPilates machine to restore your balance, posture and form. read more

Are you ready for more Health, Prosperity and Bliss?

Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Last year I worked hard to become a Healing Codes Practitioner because I see the pain and trauma that most people live with every day.
Believe me because I know. There is an easy way to remove any upset in a few minutes a day for a few days.
The Healing Codes are a natural release technique developed by Dr Alex Lloyd to help his wife fight her unresponsive depression.
When you perform a code on yourself you simply hold your hands with fingertips grouped together and filled with your own powerful healing energy, near the specific centers located at your third eye, near your temples, by your jaws and at your Adam's apple. 
Together with an affirmative focus statement and a new memory picture you will quickly see the tension release out of your body around a certain issue as the cellular trauma and negative memories from a past event melt away.

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5 days of Giving thanks for the miracle that is your body

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Leading up to Thanksgiving I always become extraordinarily aware of how remarkable the human body is.

Always trying to heal, correct and compensate; the human body maintains a level of homeostasis all on its own. We miraculously breathe, digest, eliminate and more without ever thinking about it and yet mindlessly take it all for granted.


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Staying motivated is the biggest challenge when exercising

Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013

Most of us think of exercising with dread and exasperation knowing that we “should” engage but filled with a million excuses, the days pass by and the guilt sets in and vitality wanes. read more

It's so important to nutrify your body before you exercise

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013

There are so many causes of stress in our bodies.   While this stress is commonly emotionally based, more often it is physical, emerging from bad diet and a lack of gentle movement. The latest shocking fitness discussions around high impact exercise actually causing stress led me to want to examine more deeply how the gentle forms of exercise like AeroPilates and Yoga may reduce stress and inflammation. You can read the results of our latest AeroPilates clinical study proving that regular AeroPilates reduces stress levels by over 50%. read more

Breast cancer and peaches

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013

Just as my peach tree laden with almost ripe peaches is overflowing I came across this great article that touts the effects of peaches and plums on breast cancer cells.

Read the article and share your thoughts with us.

Death of Breast Cancer Cells


Our thanks to:

Texas A&M AgriLife Communications (2010, June 2). Peaches, plums induce deliciously promising death of breast cancer cells. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 12, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/06/100602111145.htm

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The Importance of Cleansing

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Please read this wonderful article written by my dear friend, Dino Guglielmelli of Creations Gardens, on the importance of cleansing. 

The Importance of Cleansing 

Don’t be afraid to cleanse, you will feel like a new person regardless of how healthy your diet and lifestyle may be, we are still consuming toxicity at an increasingly amazing rate. We must assist the body in removing these unhealthy and unwanted toxins from our system. To understand the importance of cleansing we must first visualize the large intestine or colon, one of the five eliminatory organs in the body. This magnificent organ in the lower abdominal area of the body when stretched and pulled is 5-6 feet in length and up to 6 inches wide. I want you to take a moment and imagine how much residual waste can be stored in such a massive organ.

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Even more reasons to eat your Blueberries

Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New studies give us even more reasons to eat our daily dose of Blueberries and other purple fruits.

Read the following article and come back and give us your opinions. We'ld love to hear from you.

Blueberries and Other Purple Fruits to Ward Off Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's

Our thanks to:

University of Manchester (2010, December 7). Blueberries and other purple fruits to ward off Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 8, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/12/101208083541.htm

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Another reason not to be a "Couch Potato"

Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Today is National Alzheimer's Day. We have posted some articles that will help you improve your health and possibly aid in the prevention of this debilitating disease.

According to Science Daily getting in 30 minutes of stretching or walking increases the activity in your brain connections and may help stave off dementia as we age.

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The great Gluten-Free debate

Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010

The other day the Today Show talked about Gluten-Free dieting that is "sweeping" America. The video describes how many Americans are now following a Gluten-Free or near Gluten-Free lifestyle to lose weight. Please follow the link and then come back and give us your feedback. read more

'Cool' Imagery Lowers Hot Flashes Through Hypnotherapy

Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010

Science Daily recently published the article "'Cool' Imagery Lowers Hot Flashes Through Hypnotherapy". The article describes a study involving the use of imagery to reduce the symptoms of Hot Flashes.


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