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Find Your Fountain of Youth

Picture in you mind the amount of time spent “bouncing” from childhood to adulthood to seniorhood. As children, we bounce all the time – walking, running, jumping, falling down the stairs. Young bodies are elastic, resilient and relatively resistant to overuse injuries. Why do we lose that playful quality? And what the heck is it […]

Why Am I So Stiff In The Morning?

Like the Tin Man, many of us shuffle out of bed in the morning looking for the nearest can of oil to get the body moving. A cup of coffee and a hot shower usually do the trick but an occasional body part can be stubborn with pain and stiffness lasting for hours. And if […]

Workshop Series: Pilates & Yoga for Healthy Hips – Anterior Glide Syndrome

The hips are said to be the seat of our emotions – that we carry unresolved emotional trauma in the pelvis. I don’t know if that’s exactly true but our hips certainly aren’t allowed to play much. Our modern lifestyle favors a seated position with legs crossed or at least tightly adducted – rarely do […]

Workshop Series: Pilates & Yoga for Healthy Shoulders – Impingement Syndrome

Ask where most people feel pain, discomfort or stress in their body and the shoulders are sure to come up. Anatomically remarkable, the shoulder girdle performs an amazing array of movements from rocking a new born baby to swimming to throwing a fast ball over a hundred miles an hour. But this flexibility comes at […]

Care of the Shoulder

Physically the shoulder is designed for mobility not stability.   The arms move in a wide range of motion across multiple planes. Considerable power can be generated in complex movements such as throwing a baseball or hitting a golf club. This degree of mobility comes at the price of low stability and increased risk of overuse […]

Testimonials

See original posts on SDK Pilates Facebook….   I have taken yoga and Pilates classes from Stephanie for many years, and I can say that she is terrific. Her background in physical medicine and rehab makes her uniquely qualified to instruct and coach with a focus in balanced strengthening, proper alignment, and prevention of injury. […]

Pilates helps chronic low back pain

If you have a chronic stiff and achy back, it is highly likely that pilates exercise will help. If back pain limits you from playing the sports you love (like golf), pilates exercise will allow you to play harder and longer. If your chronic pain is due to specific medical diagnoses such as herniated discs […]

Back Pain and the Multifidus

If you’ve ever had physical therapy for back pain, you know the “bird dog” exercise. The one where you kneel on all fours and extend opposite arm and leg. A superb exercise and one we use in the Studio frequently to prevent low back pain. One of the muscles targeted in this exercise is the […]

Frozen Shoulders and Pilates

When you hear the words “frozen shoulder”, it’s tempting to think of a shoulder that doesn’t move at all. But the more usual picture is a shoulder with restricted range of motion associated with pain and stiffness. This condition is extremely disabling. In most cases, it is difficult to reach the hand to the head, […]

Keep Your Knees Healthy

We often take our health for granted and ignore early warning signs. The knee is no exception. Healthy knees allow us to easily get up and down from the floor, maintain balance on uneven surfaces and walk for long distances without discomfort. Even occasional knee pain should be an early warning sign to take heed […]