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“Love is My Religion”

“Love is My Religion”

“Love is my religion”… often preached, not often practiced.

I know that’s a gutsy claim to make, but quite honestly, I feel comfortable saying it. I’m a huge believer in the “give love always” approach to life – even if it means giving love to someone you don’t feel deserves it. Who am I to say if someone deserves love, or not? I’m not; I’m only responsible for my own actions, not theirs. Now don’t get me wrong, giving love always is extremely difficult to do, especially if I feel someone has done “wrong”, but I’m trying my hardest to hold true to my mantra: “love is my religion”. If more people gave love and truly felt that love was their religion, there would be a lot less hate.

There’s a lot of hate in the world, a lot of hateful acts are performed daily, and somehow along the way, the eye for an eye reaction has grown to be considered...

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Meet the Team: Tracy Belcher

Meet the Team: Tracy Belcher

  • If Joseph Pilates were alive today what would you choose to work on in a private session with him?

I love Stomach Massage. Clients always hate it at first. But, as they start to become stroner, more aware of their bodies, and gain a better understanding of the Pilates principles, you can see it all start to click for them through this exercise. It is rewarding to watch clients go from dreading it or not feeling it's value and benefots, to really appreciating it and welcoming new variations.

  •  What is your favorite Pilates exercise and why?
    I love Stomach Massage. Clients always hate it at first. But, as they start to become stronger, more aware of their bodies, and gain a better understanding of the Pilates principles, you can see it all start to click for them through this exercise. It is rewarding to watch clients go from dreading it or not feeling it’s value and benefits, to really appreciating it and welcoming new...
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A Beginner’s Guide to Meditating

A Beginner’s Guide to Meditating

This year instead of making one big resolution I decided to have several mini-resolutions.

The first was a week of meditation:  5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening. The number seems so small, yet it’s amazing how easy it can be to tell yourself that you don’t have time that day. Especially in the morning, I found myself rushing to get out the door to work and passing on my morning meditation. Imagine though for a moment how different your morning would be if instead of rushing out the door the second you finish getting ready with this mind set of ‘hurry, hurry’, you instead spent your last 5 minutes at home cultivating a calm and clear mind to carry throughout your day.

So why meditate in the first place? Meditation is not a new practice and has been around for centuries. There has been plenty of anecdotal support for this practice but more recently we now have the scientific evidence to back it...

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23 Achievable New Years Resolutions

new year's resolutions Jan 07, 2015

23 Achievable New Years Resolutions

So it’s a new year and we just completed another holiday season.

With the holidays being a great time for fun, food, and family, but also a time of guilt and remorse (why did I eat so much sugar?!) Sometimes, New Years can be met with a feeling of relief to start anew, or dread, knowing it’s time to make those new year's resolutions again that were never met last year. While making resolutions for self improvement are wonderful (losing weight, eating healthier,  sticking to a budget etc.), they are often confronted with frustration, dread, and then guilt if in fact 4 months after the New Year has begun the first step towards those new goals haven’t even been initiated.

So while I encourage and applaud the “typical” resolutions, I’ve also come up with a list that will hopefully be met with excitement and anticipation that will change the way we look at resolutions, and give us things to DO instead of giving...

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Meet the Team: Alexandra Terpos

Meet the Team: Alexandra Terpos

Alix is and always will be a Jersey Girl at heart. She left the Garden state to attend the University of Delaware where she graduated in 2006 with a BA in Biology and a BS in Exercises Physiology. She then moved to Boston, where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.

After graduation Alix made her way down to sunny Miami. She specializes in Pilates-based rehabilitation for orthopedic and sports-related injuries as well as an experienced group instructor as well. She is a Polestar Pilates trained Pilates practitioner who is excited to share her love and knowledge of movement science with other people.

If Joseph Pilates were alive today what would you ask him to work on with you?

TEASER! What is your favorite and least favorite Pilates exercise?

Favorite exercise: standing leg series facing side and front because I just love working out my legs!

Least favorite: I don’t really have a...

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Why it’s All About that Bass!

Why it’s All About that Bass!

It’s an awesome new song with great lyrics. Megan Trainor certainly isn’t lying when she says, “it’s all about that bass”, and I’m going to tell you why, from a Physical Therapy stand point, at least. Anyone who takes my Pilates classes knows that I LOVE teaching glute exercises – squats, lunges, bridges – anything to get that “bass” going! … and it’s not just because I live in Miami, where “basses” are… ahem… popular. The Glutes, all three of them, are wonderful, but not just because they fill up jeans.

These three muscles: the gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus, are pivotal in not only squatting and lunging, but in walking, standing from a seated posture, holding us upright, providing amazing stability to our hips and spine, standing on one leg and many more. The gluteus maximus, the largest of the three, attaches from the ilium (on the...

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Seven Steps to Minimizing Stress

Seven Steps to Minimizing Stress

STRESS – that inevitable part of life that can foil any day, week, or month!

With school quickly approaching, stress levels are likely to rise, which can really ruin a healthy lifestyle routine. Whether you have kids in school or not, I think the seven steps I’ve shared below can really keep you on track with life, exercising, and healthy eating.

1) Food organization

If you know me at all, you know I love food – healthy food, in particular. Unfortunately, when a week gets insanely busy, the first thing to go is the healthy meal plan. In order to eliminate (or at least limit) the take out and delivery, the most important thing I do in a week is meal prep. On Sunday morning, I come up with meals I would like to eat during the week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I then head to Fresh Market, grab my ingredients and then prep for the week. 6 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are made and packed in individual containers; fruits and...

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Apple Cider Vinegar: The Miracle Product

Apple Cider Vinegar: The Miracle Product

Apple Cider Vinegar  (ACV) does more than add a zing to your salad dressing.

It’s known as a powerful cleansing and healing elixir- a naturally occurring antiseptic and antibiotic that can fight bacteria, germs, and viruses! The pungency of ACV can often make it appear as if it’s gone bad, but the fermentation and ripening process gives it its strong odor and taste—and this is a natural, good sign! Natural ACV is a brownish color, often with brown cobweb like substances, which is referred to as the “mother.”  So the next time you’re looking to clean your house, in need of a remedy for too much time spent in the sun, or just in need of a thorough detox, look no further.

Here are JUST A FEW reasons why ACV is so good for you and how it can be used in SO many ways…

Apple cider vinegar…

  1. Relieves chronic fatigue
  2. Helps control and normalize weight (*in combination with a reduced...
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Meet the Team: Sabine Gempel

Meet the Team: Sabine Gempel

Sabine Gempel is a board certified Physical Therapist and a Pilates Method Alliance certified Pilates instructor.

 She graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL before moving to North Carolina to pursue a double major in Dance and Exercise Sports Science at Elon University. She taught dance and exercise classes for 8 years before enrolling at the University of Miami. She is passionate about health, fitness, and sports. She incorporates her dance background with her medical knowledge to provide clients with a positive and safe movement experience.

How long have you been at Pilates in the Grove?

I have been working here just over a year now.

If Joseph Pilates were alive today and you had the chance to work with him what would you ask him to teach you?

Bridging on the Ladder Barrel....

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ROLL IT OUT: Foam Roller Functionality

ROLL IT OUT: Foam Roller Functionality

The foam roller is my favorite at home exercise tool.

It’s wonderful for soothing tight fascia. Fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, surrounds groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.

Below are four more reasons to ROLL IT OUT!

1. It reduces soreness and tightness from working out.

You know that feeling when you wake up the day after a really hard workout and your muscles are so sore it’s hard to move? Yeah, we’ve all been there. But foam rolling right after your workout (or even the next day) can help reduce some of that soreness and tightness.

That’s because foam rolling works by massaging away fascia buildup in your muscles, which often lead to painful, sore muscles. Reducing this means you won’t have to skip your workout because you’re too sore from the previous day’s...

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