If you are stiff in the morning, you need Pilates. The part of the body imparting that wonderful sensation is the fascia and other soft tissues like ligaments and tendons. Like old play-do coming back to life, pilates returns the elasticity and fluidity to these important elements restoring free and graceful movement. If you suffer […]
Everyone benefits from Pilates no doubt about it. But Seniors obtain a bigger bang for the buck. The gains in mobility and function from a regular pilates practice are noticeable. After a single session, clients remark on how much better they feel – taller, more stretched out, less pain from a nagging body part. It’s […]
Stay in the game longer – prevent overuse injury Most golfers develop overuse injuries at some stage of the game – particularly if you play a lot. Elbow pain, low back discomfort, hip or knee irritability, shoulder pain – it comes with the territory. Most of these injuries are due to inflammation in soft tissue structures […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 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.”
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!
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!
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.