Category Archives: health

Just Cause….

November 2020

It’s hard out there you guys, really hard.

I feel incredibly isolated from all of the trauma because I’m just quietly hunkered in with people that I love, that said; the studio is closed and Lady Harriet has passed away after being the greatest cat for fifteen years.

So there’s been a lot of grief and change which gives me a tiny sense of how people far more impacted by this disaster are doing… but no actual understanding.

It’s all very overwhelming isn’t it?

The world is on fire, the environment is tanking, the number of people who are financially desperate keeps going up, billionaires are getting richer, authority figures keep murdering people with less privilege, we’re still destroying the worlds forests and oceans and water pathways and wildlife habitats, and on top of that people are dying from a freaking virus we still can’t cure.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, whether you’re in a safe bubble or an unsafe one, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed or desperate or exhausted or even just empty inside.

It’s okay if your mental illness or trauma responses are acting up. It’s okay if your self care has become a distant memory (but if it has start easy like take a short walk or drink some water or lovely tea or have a bath…) and it’s totally okay if you can’t get yourself to exercise for anything.

We, collectively, are in a world wide shared trauma.

Some people are being drowned and some people are sailing along okay (like me, and I know exactly how lucky I was to have options when my income disappeared while my cat was dying of expensive and fast cancer) but we are all feeling the weight of shared grief and fear and uncertainty.

What is normal?

What is the “new normal”?

Is normal even possible anymore?

These are huge and terrifying and exhausting existential questions and all of us are stuck in or cycling through some form of the startle reflex in response.

So there’s fight. Being stuck in fight is when you clean your oven for the tenth time this month or write a book or something. There’s flight… which can look like being totally unable to stop escaping into television or denial or whatever… There’s freeze which looks a lot like depression and fawn which probably means locked in service of some kind.

Basically your brain is working really hard to figure out the future and can’t dedicate as many cycles to normal tasks. So a lot of executive function stuff starts to pile up or exhaustion or over/under eating or whatever. There are tons of great articles about this out these days by the way.

We are also passing the six month wall now, so basically everyone in the world is hitting the wall. Again many many articles discuss this and it’s a known phenomenon. Let yourself hit it, trust that you will come through the other side.

All of this to say:

Be kinder and more compassionate with yourself please

All my love :)

STATEMENT RE COVID-19

UPDATE 6 APRIL Still closed to in-person lessons and will not be offering outdoor lessons either by order of the government. That said, online lessons are easy to setup and surprisingly effective.  At the end of the day the most powerful tools a teacher has are eyes and brain so as long as you can… Continue Reading

Marie-Jose Blom RETURNS to Toronto in NOVEMBER!!

[if you’re a student of Pilates rather than a teacher interested in this upcoming workshop please skip to this post: “welcome wagon”] . Ugly Duckling Pilates is delighted to present Marie-José Blom for two workshops suitable for movement teachers, kinesiologists or physiotherapists over three days (Friday November 3rd to Sunday November 5th) in lovely downtown Toronto,… Continue Reading

self-esteem

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… Continue Reading

Marie-Jose Blom RETURNS to Toronto!!

***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… Continue Reading

accidente!

okay, y’all are asking about my accident. i was waiting until i scanned in some photos from just before i started pilates so you guys could see the difference but i can do that some other time. three people have asked me in the last maybe ten days which implies that it’s time. Continue Reading

captain kirk i presume?

i have this thing that i do when i teach, where i talk about star trek because almost everyone on earth has seen something regarding original star trek. sort of like how i haven’t seen logan’s run but i know the punch line because it’s referenced in tons of popular culture. anyway, i have this habit of saying things like:

“okay so your pelvic floor is captain kirk and your hamstrings all the way into your arches are mister spock and your quads are the red shirted ensign that everyone knows is going to die before the first commercial break!” Continue Reading

we’ve stopped

this post was actually written by dr. brian dower, chiropractor who works out of park road healing arts.  since i found myself nodding in agreement through the entire read i asked permission to post it here and he was kind enough to grant it. *** We’ve stopped. As a species, we’ve stopped moving. Over the… Continue Reading

Marie-Jose Blom

Ugly Duckling Pilates is delighted to present Marie Jose Blom for two workshops over three days (friday april 22nd to sunday april 24) in lovely downtown Toronto, Canada. Workshops: The Essential Role of the Shoulder Girdle and Thorax in Taking the Weight From the Shoulders (sunday – 8 hours) Embrace the Curves and Unravel the… Continue Reading