I love this time of year! There is a certain excitement in the air – everyone seems to be rushing around with a sense of purpose, an urgency to get things done in time for the holidays when they can finally sit down and relax with family and friends.
I love the aromas associated with this time of year – especially cinnamon and apple spice! I love the sense of accomplishment felt when the tree is up and decorated. And the relief when all the presents are bought, wrapped and placed under the tree.
This hustle and bustle can however elevate out stress levels and make us more absent-minded. Caught up in this whirlwind of things to do, places to go, people to see, we might inadvertently become complacent.
Rushing around doing errands, we are less mindful of our surroundings. Have you noticed that there are more car accidents and petty thefts during this time of year? Be smart, be safe. Pay more attention when you drive, pay more attention to your personal...
This past week I found out that the son of someone dear to me was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
After the initial shock and sadness passed, my immediate response was, “He should take Pilates!” I’ve had the opportunity to do Pilates-based Physical Therapy with a number of people with neurological conditions, MS being one of them. Upon doing a bit of background research, I felt both excited and validated to find a number of articles supporting Pilates as having significant benefits for people with MS. MS is a bit enigmatic to both the common population and doctors alike. We don’t know what causes it, what makes the disease progress or how to cure it. However, what we are starting to discover is how to manage the disease and improve quality of life for those that have it.
Let’s start off with the WHAT. MS is a degenerative neurological disease which affects the myelin sheath of the central nervous...
I can definitely see why Joseph Pilates said “It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.”
As a Physical Therapist and Pilates instructor, I’ve observed how people’s thought processes can affect developing their health goals, their physical performance, and their approach to movement and rehabilitation.
As a Pilates instructor, I’ve seen the mindfulness and awareness that Pilates is able to bring to people. When we are practicing Pilates instructors and participants, we are given a new way to feel ourselves move, a fresh way to imagine the movement, a challenge for our minds and bodies, and a generally increased awareness of our bodies.
As participants of such mindfulness-based exercise practices for our bodies, it seems only fitting that we would remain pretty mindful about our personalities, strengths, thought processes, and communication styles as well. We already take time to feed ourselves, to exercise, to work hard, and to...
Planning for the Big Day is a Big deal.
And for the most part we want everything to be BIG…. A Big Cake, A Big Centerpiece, A Big Guest List, a Big Party… but what we can do without is looking BIG on our BIG Day. Here are some great tips on how to trim down in time for your upcoming nuptials:
Hurricane season is OVER and Florida Fall has officially begun.
While the rest of the country is busy donning scarves and beanies, this is my favorite time of the year in Miami because it has finally cooled off enough to open the windows and let that fresh ocean breeze flow into the house. With the gorgeous weather we’ve had lately, I was inspired to share some of my favorite outdoor activities to do in the area.
1. Go for a long bike ride! Some of my favorite spots include Black Point Marina, Key Biscayne, and if you really want to go far, you could join the early Saturday crew as they trek all the way to Florida City. If road biking isn’t your thing, then try out mountain biking at Virginia Key.
2. Go scuba diving or snorkeling! A really close and beautiful option is the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea beach. They have shops close by for you to rent anything needed and you don’t even have to reserve a boat… just shore dive right in.
“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”
Blaise Pascal, Mathematician, physicist and inventor
Lately, I’ve been thinking about and hearing much talk about “service with a smile”. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind to others, to take into consideration that someone else may be having a bad day, have some pain or discomfort or simply be going through trying times. Service-based industry is dependent on customer satisfaction and how better to achieve that than to provide service with a smile.
“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – Benjamin Franklin
At Pilates in the Grove, we strive to provide “service with a smile”. By that, I don’t mean that your Pilates instructor should be cheesily grinning throughout your class but that they should be considerate and...
I am going to be honest, I am a control freak.
I really don’t do well when I am not in control of almost all things in my life (which, is something I believe I inherited from my mother).
Regardless, I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and how it relates to Pilates. As most of you know, Pilates was originally called Contrology (base word CONTROL) and it is one of the main principles. Pilates created his method based around muscle control which, may be part of the reason I relate to it so much.
My husband and I have recently gone through a bunch of life changes that were completely out of my control and causing me to freak out. And I mean really freak out, as in lose my sh** for lack of better words.
I had to force myself to take a step back and be reminded that you cannot control everything that happens to you. As my wise mother always says, “you can only control how you react to it.”
It’s truly amazing the difference...