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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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.
“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.”
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!
“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.”
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
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…