We’ve always known that moving makes us feel better. For cardio lovers, it’s the endorphins generated by the run. For yoginis and other MindBody practitioners, it’s the mental and physical “release” they feel with the practice. Intuitively we know our emotions affect our motion – we dance when we’re happy and curl up in a […]
When I think about how children play, the word bounce comes to mind – skipping and jumping or even sitting supposedly still – they are bouncing. In contrast, as we get older, we have poverty of motion and struggle to move with ease and grace. The good news is that we can train the bounce […]
Why do some people age well and others not so much? Undoubtedly genetics play a role, but the way we care for our bodies can make a big difference in whether we spring into old age or shuffle our way there. Keeping the spring in our step – having a flexible, resilient, balanced body that […]
You know them. Five senses of sight, sound, scent, taste and touch. Now a sixth emerges – the sense of proprioception or knowing where your body is in space. Like the eyes for sight or ears for hearing, the anatomic structure for proprioception is the fascia. In its’ capacity as a multidimensional body wide web, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Almost anyone can do it. The configuration of the Pilates equipment (Reformer, Tower, Chair, Cadillac & Barrels) gives you support where you need it and challenges you where you are strong. The repertoire can run the gamut from athletic conditioning of top athletes to restoration of posture and function in de-conditioned individuals. Many modifications are […]
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 […]
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 […]
Understanding Why The Body Cares What the Mind Thinks. In Western cultures the mind and body are largely treated as separate entities – our thoughts, moods and emotions are felt to be separate and apart from the physical body. We either go to a doctor to treat physical symptoms or we go to a mental health […]
My experience with SDK Pilates has been outstanding. All of the instructors have been knowledgeable and welcoming. All levels of fitness and capabilities are embraced, addressed and challenged. Individual needs are seamlessly met with in the class. Every class is different and I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in. I take Pilates twice a week and wish I could take it every day!
I love the classes and instructors at SDK Pilates! Stephanie, the owner, has been a tremendous help to me with understanding challenges I face with a bad hip. Her expertise and medical background have helped me select exercises that are appropriate for me and I have learned there are still plenty of things that I can do to strengthen my body! At other places, I sometimes overdid my workouts (and hurt myself) – SDK’s instructors have helped me increase my flexibility and strengthen my body in a s…
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience. They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
“SDK Pilates’ yoga instructors are beyond wonderful and very reliable. Our community and hospital staff truly enjoy the classes and we are extremely thankful for their partnership with us.”
Stephanie’s class is well-paced, challenging yet welcoming for first timers and those who are more experienced. She offers seamless coaching throughout and her enthusiasm and energy is inspirational.
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. I enjoy the low key environment at the studio, and have made many friends in her classes.
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience.They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
I have been a client of Stephanie’s for several years. What I think makes her stand out from other studios is that she was a doctor & understands each individual clients bodies. The new studio is airy spacious & calming
SDK Pilates is wonderful! I have been taking classes from Stephanie for a number of years and thoroughly enjoy both her Pilates and therapeutic yoga sessions. Her training as a doctor enables her to work around physical limitations and injuries and strengthen weaknesses. She has helped me immensely with chronic shoulder issues. The fun nature of the classes, the camaraderie of the attendees and the great workout make SDK classes my favorite way to exercise!
SDK Pilates is great! So far I’ve taken Pilates classes with Steph and Nancy, and I’m looking forward to Yoga with Mark. Currently working on core strengthening, shoulder mechanics, overall conditioning, and my golf game.