Standing Mat Workout for Individuals with Special Cases

Maybe you don’t have much room, maybe you have an injury that prevents you getting down on the floor. Never fear: you can still come to mat!

Half Roll Backs or Roll Ups
One Leg Circles
Rolling Like a Ball
The Five Ab Series: 
Single Leg Stretch
Double Leg Stretch
Lower and Lift
Criss Cross
Spine Stretch Forward
Open Leg Rocker
Single Leg Kick
Double Leg Kick
Neck Pull
Shoulder Bridge
Side Kick Series: 
Forward and Back
Small Circles
Upper Leg Lifts
Lower Leg Lifts and Circles
Bicycle or other “Big Finish”
Hip Circles
Seratus Push Ups
Front Support
Finish: Pedo-Pull or Wall

Movement in the time of COVID-19: the studio comes home and we go online.

I’m the first to admit it. I don’t always handle this well. I’m scared sometimes, I’m not so great at keeping homeschool going sometimes for my seven year old, and it’s hard not to let fear take over.

We’re all dealing with the economic uncertainty, the fear of running into people out there, feeling horrible when we grab kids and dash…and then ALL those Zoom meetings….the isolation…

But I’ve got to fight back! After all, I have my health. I am not on the front lines in a hospital and every time I think of the brave souls out there doing the work of healing, I cry and then stiffen up my resolve. So I’m keeping going!! I’ve renovated part of the barn loft into a studio, and moved equipment up. And up. And up. So I couldn’t ask anyone to help, since we are all under stay at home orders, which meant I had to work smart. I ratcheted up a full size studio reformer and Cadillac through a loft stairway, using those yellow ratchet straps….and somehow it worked, no one died of a reformer falling on them (me) and the equipment is now in the studio safe and sound!

I am teaching ONLINE through Power Pilates of New York. They’ve set up an online platform and are administering all classes. Here’s the direct link to my class: GOOD MORNING MAT I will be adding some other classes as we go, and if anyone wants to have a virtual private session, please call 207-317-7565 or email

And….check out the pics.

A bit of a daunting task…getting up these stairs…
I carried this up without straps. Not sure how I did it. Pilates Strong!
The trap table is much heavier, so I rigged up a ramp with boards and set up a ratchet strap cradle wrapped around the beams in the loft.
The trap table…up at last.

Pilates and Pregnancy

Pilates is a great form of exercise to stay in shape and build up strength for the big event- but beginning this form of exercise should happen in the first three months, the earlier the better. You have something called fascia, or sort of a soft sheath of connected tissue, that spreads apart as that baby gets bigger. It’s possible to tear it if you begin an abdomen-intensive form of exercise after you’ve already started sprouting a big ole bump. Your Pilates instructor (me) can definitely modify the exercises to suit your body’s needs as the baby grows, but best to start early and consult with your doctor or midwife as well.

Pilates and Arthritis

Raise your hand if your hand is- hurting! Ouch!

Many of us after 50 or 55 begin to experience some symptoms of either Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Please consult your doctor if you are developing any of these symptoms to determine which kind you are dealing with- it does matter in terms of your plan of attack. RA is a condition in which your body’s immune system is attacking its own tissue, which is why joints become inflamed. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage and underlying bones as use and time progresses. As you can imagine, management techniques for each would vary.

However, Pilates is excellent exercise for both conditions! As you develop abdominal strength through systemic progressions of exercises, pressure is taken off of strained joints. Movement helps with the inflammation and pain, and increased all around strength helps to build your bones as needed.

It may feel like you don’t want to move those aching joints- I know, because I have arthritis in my hands- but movement and strength building, stretching and toning is just the ticket. As always, please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise.