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Pilates Myths
by Devra Swiger

Debunking myths is all the rage these days. It seems articles appear on a near daily basis crushing yet another long held belief. Pilates has been around long enough to have also established some of its own folklore. The fact of the matter is that within each myth there may lay a kernel of truth that often becomes greatly exaggerated. So let’s clear up five big misunderstandings regarding Pilates....

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Pilates
by Devra Swiger

Fitness is trendy and everyone wants to find the latest fad or what I call Le Fad du Jour. Right now there is so much out there in Southern California that it could keep you busy every day of the week for months on end, but does it work? Is it the same old thing just in another classroom using a different approach? I don't know how many times I have had clients come to me saying that they've tried EVERYTHING but nothing has worked for them. They don't...

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Gluten-Free or Fad-Free?
by Devra Swiger

I read in an article from the LA Times that a famous comedian stopped people on the streets of LA asking them if they could explain gluten. Not many could. Even people who religiously follow a gluten-free diet have trouble explaining gluten and why it so bad for you. Gluten is one very misunderstood – how should I say – substance? Before diving into what gluten actually is, I will first explore the topic of dieting...

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The Art of Pilates Cueing
by Devra Swiger

The goal in teaching Pilates is to communicate with the clients or class so they understand just how they need to move. Carefully chosen words can often convey the quality of movement you're looking for. For instance, "lift your head off the ground for The Hundred" just doesn't have the same feel as "float your head off the ground." Clients immediately...

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5 Ways to Build Successful Client-Instructor Relationships
by Devra Swiger

There isn’t much good news these days. Between the high unemployment rate, the dismal housing market and crooked Wall Street investors, some Pilates businesses are facing new challenges. Yet despite the weakened economy, there are still people willing to spend money on Pilates training...

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How to Teach a Multi-Level Reformer Class
by Devra Swiger

When I first started teaching Pilates back in the late 90’s, there was really no such thing as a multi-level reformer class. The Pilates studios where I taught or took classes all had beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes, taken in that order. Before signing up...

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Pilates? Is This What I Ordered?
by Devra Swiger

Imagine being invited to the newest, coolest restaurant in town where the specialty of the house is wonderfully prepared fresh fish. You order the catch of the day with a side of fresh steamed veggies, and then you wait with great anticipation for your meal to be served. The waiter arrives - he places the dish on the table and you take a look....

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