A beautiful image of the power of surrender, by Ron Hamad

Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Pilates Podcast Fun! Roll ups and roll downs.

Pilates Enthusiasts : S2E04 : Roll Downs and Roll Ups from Balanced Body Pilates on Vimeo.

Does Your Neck Hurt When You "C-Curve?"

Well then check out my first video for Balanced Body!!

Pilates Enthusiasts : S2E02 : Neck Strain and the C-Curve from Balanced Body Pilates on Vimeo.

We shot about 15 of these earlier this year and they are just now beginning to show up on the "Enthusiasts" Podcast Channel.

Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Do You Want to Make Real Change? True Body Private Sessions Available

Here is what I know:

In order to make a change, you have to bring your body along for the ride.

Have you ever tried to make a change in your life and gotten completely frustrated because as much as you wanted to stick to a diet, or quit feeling that way about a certain person, or gotten confident enough to get a new job, or wanted to find your passion, you just couldn't do it? That no matter how much your brain wanted to change, your body just kept reverting the same old patterns and habits?

Here is why. Our thought and movement patterns are deeply held in the body. Our body has memorized them for us, neuro-muscularly. So if your body has a history of depression, your body had memorized these feelings and patterns in your posture and movements. Conversely, if your body had a history of wellness and joy, those are the patterns that will be recalled, day after day.

Join me for a private session to explore your goals, see where you might be stuck and then look at some of your postural and movement patterns for clues to how your body's patterns might be keeping you in the past. Whether you come for one, two or three sessions and you will take home easy movement homework (things you can do at home), as well as other exercises for you to explore a new freedom in mind and body.

Single Session - $100 per hour
Two Sessions - $85 per hour
Three Sessions - $75 per hour

Contact me at for more information.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


I am turning 50 in January. When I turned 40, I hadn't even considered teaching Pilates or running a wellness business or publishing a novel or writing a play. The last 10 years have been extraordinary and one of the things I am most grateful for is Pendleton Pilates. I opened a two-reformer studio in the fall of 2001. Now, we have four studios in the system and the best teachers ever.

And now, it is time for me to turn over the reins to new business partners Kate Graham and Sonya McDonnell. As of today, Pendleton Pilates will now be officially owned and operated by Loveland and West Chester owners, Kate and Sonya. Lucky for all of you that Kate and Sonya are equally terrific and the studio will operate much in the same way as it always has. That said, Kate and Sonya are really looking forward to working closely with all of you to make Pendleton Pilates the best Pilates experience possible. You will hear from them very soon as they begin to innovate for an even stronger studio system.

Also, I will remain involved as founder and as an educator. I will assist with teacher training and help Sonya and Kate whenever they need me. I look forward to teaching workshops soon. The rest of the time I will be focusing on the True Body Project, my writing work, and whatever new exciting thing comes my way this decade ... that which I can't even see yet is the most exciting of all.

I am eternally grateful to so many people, beginning with Lou Buschle, Kate Graham and Sonya McDonnell for helping me keep Pendleton Pilates a resource for so many people. And to all the instructors and clients with whom I have worked in the past many years, I am deeply moved by all of you. I look forward to more opportunities to move our bodies and learn our way to wellness together.

Hats off to Kate and Sonya and enjoy the next decade of Pendleton Pilates!