Ugly Duckling Pilates Toronto

easy breezy

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. so i’ve been going to school to study the teaching of the alexander technique.  it’s been quite a surreal experience actually and really difficult to describe.  i am starting to expect some things about school to be similar to previous experiences but never the same but mostly more and more i just sort of sit back and wait to see where the ride takes me. sometimes i think this may be half the point […]

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faq or something

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. some questions i get asked by new clients in no particular order or importance… . What should I wear? Anything you would wear to yoga or the gym.  Keep in mind that you will lie on your back and sides with your knees apart and wear clothing that won’t make you feel embarrassed.  I’m pretty sure that I flashed my first teacher about an hour before I bought my first pair of pilates/yoga/dance pants! […]

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self-esteem

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i wrote this a long time ago but hey, it’s still true: . self-esteem one day on twitter i mentioned that maybe i should write down my rules for self esteem and someone asked me to actually do it.  so in honour of new beginnings here goes. first and most simple; the mirror. i am allowed to look in the mirror only as long as i am adjusting my hair, clothing or makeup.  as SOON […]

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unlayering

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. so, as some of you may know, i’ve been studying the Alexander technique.  in fact i literally took a lesson and my hands got jealous of the teacher (this has never happened to me before) and i was all “what is that?  where do i learn that???” and she said “Alexander Technique” and i said “how much?” and handed her a cheque. literally. and here’s the thing, it’s a THREE YEAR program and i […]

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some press and an article i wrote…

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hey all I wrote an article called “Ode to the Pelvic Floor” that is being featured on Pilates Union and they have also featured me as their Instructor of the Month! All that and I was also featured in a Today’s Parent article and until I can make a media section for my site, here are the scans! (i know, this page is ugly, but it works)

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chronic tension headaches?

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one of my clients (a registered massage therapist named Marianne) wrote an article about her chronic headaches and the various methods she’s employed to combat them.  here’s the first paragraph… the rest is linked below.   My Epic Battle with Chronic Tension Headaches Headaches are very common, especially among women. For the past three years, I’ve been battling chronic headaches. Often times during the past few years, my headaches were a daily phenomenon. I started […]

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Marie-Jose Blom RETURNS to Toronto!!

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***ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT FOR BODY LOGIC!!!*** ***WAITING LIST FOR FOOT!!!!*** Ugly Duckling Pilates is delighted to present Marie-José Blom for two workshops over three days (friday may 4th to sunday may 6th) in lovely downtown Toronto, Canada.  [scroll down for workshop description and printable pdf poster] Marie-José Blom has been combining Pilates technique and dance medicine for well over twenty years. Her mission statement is “the implementation of movement sciences elevating Pilates into the twenty-first century.” […]

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sometimes

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getting out of your life really reminds you how much you love it. in fact i love my work so much that i have a very hard time taking time off, and yet, after a week in florida drinking beer and walking the beach?  i am fully recharged and rejuvenated… get away from your life, it improves! and if it doesn’t?  maybe you need to make a change… :) it’s such a strange experience to […]

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perception

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wow i could go a lot of places with a title like that! . a long time ago; approximately forty two seconds after i started teaching, i took a workshop with an elder by the name of ron fletcher.  mr. fletcher is ninety years old now so he would have been something 82 at the time and he was suffering from neuralgia or something similar (bear with me, it was seven or eight years ago) […]

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evolution

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the last couple of tuesday evenings i’ve taught some “old school” mat classes.  this doesn’t mean i think they’re old fashioned, it’s just that i haven’t taught a class this way in quite some time.   well except for that one i taught in a mall for something like two hundred participants and a women’s shelter.  man that was fun and also energizing for my soul. but in my studio, of late, there have been teeny […]

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