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Love in the Time of Quarantine

Wow! What a difference a month makes. This time last month we were planning all sorts of spring events at Retrofit and looking forward to travelling and attending international conferences and training. But as Judy Blume said, “That was then. This is now.”  And now of course is something completely unprecedented, unexpected and uncertain. Now […]

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Take it to The Mat!

This month, the Pilates community celebrates March Matness – an opportunity to practice and preach on the beauty and benefits of the Pilates Mat work. Mat Pilates remains tremendously popular around the world and this month your IG and Facebook feed will be full of images of fabulously fit people doing Mat exercises in stunning […]

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How to make your resolutions “stick”

Remember back a few short weeks ago when you decided it was finally time to make a change? Maybe it was that day you felt exhausted just trying to keep up with your grandkids or the dread you felt when you thought about wearing a bathing suit on your winter vacation. You decided you had […]

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The Enduring Power of Pilates

Ahh… the New Year.  Everything seems ripe with possibility. This will be the year – the decade – where we really start to take our health seriously and Get in Shape! Lose the weight. Get the body we want! Print and social media will be promoting every diet plan and exercise scheme under the sun. […]

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Keep it Simple

It’s almost time to switch from our regular anxiety to our fancy Christmas anxiety. A friend of mine posted this the other day. It’s funny because it’s true. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of creating perfect holiday moments. But as we have learned from all the Whos down in Whoville, […]

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In the blink of an eye…

TWENTY YEARS WENT BY. The year was 1999 and Pilates was pretty new in Toronto. There were less than a handful of studios, mostly downtown. I had recently completed one of the city’s first comprehensive Pilates teacher training programs. I was teaching private clients out of my west-end apartment and had started a Pilates program […]

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Movement is Medicine

Most people admit they feel great after Pilates class. No matter how reluctant we may feel about getting to the studio, completing our workout leaves us feeling satisfied, mentally alert and physically at ease. Movement – as long as it’s appropriate to our needs – does make us feel better, often immediately, always in the […]

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The Myth of Self-Care

Are you taking care of yourself? I mean, really taking care of your “self?” Are you dedicating enough time to self-care? Are you meditating daily, eating clean, getting enough protein (but not too much animal protein), doing adequate strength training plus flexibility training plus 10,000 step per day? Are you getting enough sleep, taking time […]

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10 ways to make the most of summer!

It’s the dog days of summer and hopefully you are getting a well-deserved break from your usual routine. Whether your enjoying long weekends at the cottage, summer holidays away from home or evenings and weekends wandering the city streets and festivals, the long days and hot weather invite us to slow down and savour this […]

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Change is Inevitable

There is only one thing most of us fear more than change: when things stay the same.   Change is inevitable. We know this. We long for it. We imagine how our lives will be better when things change; when we get a new job, find a new mate, lose 10 pounds or renovate the […]

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Pilates to GO!

Pilates to GO! Don’t let it go while you’re on the go! One of the hardest things to do is keep up your Pilates practice while on holidays! “Rest and Relaxation” is the name of the game, but at what cost? If you’re like me, it doesn’t take long to start feeling stiff, weak or […]

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Mindfulness and Movement

Mindfulness is trending.  We are encouraged to be mindful in our day- to -day life to ease our stress, anxiety, and even depression. The concept is regularly used to describe typical human activities such as mindful parenting, mindful eating, and mindful exercise.   But what exactly does it mean to be mindful? And what does […]

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Get Outside

Summer is short in Canada and this year it’s been a long time coming. Now that it has finally arrived, you can feel the energy of people gearing up to savour its sweetness. We know we’ve got to get it before its gone! Ontario summers, both urban and rural, favour the great outdoors: hiking, biking, […]

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What’s The Difference Between Using My “Core” And Using My “Abs”?

SO, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USING MY “CORE” AND USING MY “ABS”? Sometimes you hear an instructor asking you to “engage/ use your core” other times you may hear “use your abdominals/ scoop your abs”. But what are you truly being asked to do?! To understand this better, let’s make sure we know the difference between your “core” and you “abs”.

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The Power of Pilates Personalized

Pilates teachers are more than exercise instructors. We create exercise programs based in sound, scientific methodology using specific equipment to address the whole body’s response to injury. We train our clients to move better, with freedom, ease, strength and joy.

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Love Yourself

It’s all about balance.

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Five Tips to a Healthy Gut. By Guest Writer Shawn Haines Shanahan

There is not one quick fix to gut health, unfortunately. These tips all work together to create a more harmonious environment to promote healthy digestive and colon function.

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Resistance. Resilience. Balance. Strength. Flexibility.

How do we gain and maintain these qualities of mind and body to enable us to continue to live fully?

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Take a Breath this Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is upon us and suddenly the tension is mounting as lists get longer and time gets shorter. The rush is on. How about we all just take a breath. And pay attention.

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Use It or Lose It.

Keep moving. Purposeful, productive movement is necessary if we want to live joyous, active lives. Find something you love to do and do it every day.

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Movement Heals

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone knows someone whose life has been impacted by breast cancer.

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