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 […]
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 […]
The holiday season is in full swing and so may be your emotions. Balancing our emotional state or our energetic body can be particularly challenging at this time of year. Taking lessons from the ancient energetic systems can provide a holistic pathway for soothing your soul during a hectic holiday season. Most of us are […]
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 […]
Knowing when Balancing the Energetic Body is necessary. Most of us can intuitively feel when we are a little off. Maybe we are short tempered and irritable. Perhaps we are flighty or impulsive and can’t settle down to get anything completed. Maybe we sit too much, eat too much and sleep too much. We just don’t […]
I was born with a crooked spine. Many prefer the term “scoliosis”, “the abnormal curvature of the spine”, but I find the description “crooked spine” simply does the trick. My crooked spine is not that crooked, with an angle of only thirty degrees. However, that small angle can wreak havoc on a body’s structure.
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.
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.
Pilates has been a wonderful experience both physically and mentally – it relieves stress and gets your body in a “can do” spirit to stretch and feel good. The instructors are the best and the people I’ve met in class are fun to be with. Friendships develop. I will do this forever!
“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 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…
“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.”
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!
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 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.
“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.”