Connected

Welcome to Connected. Your up-to-date Pilates information center written by the staff at Mindful Movements. The following articles focus on events and classes, improved techniques, body and mind, as well as home sessions. Our goal is to educate you on how to connect your body to work smarter, not harder — achieving improved physical, mental, and spiritual health.

How it all began — celebrating Mindful Movements 20th anniversary

I was a young mom with two girls.  I was involved in fitness and cycling in some capacity.  I taught group fitness classes to stay fit and make extra money while staying at home with my children. Pilates entered my world in the late ’90s as a new workout fad that promised a “stronger fitter core,” and I was all for that.  While I was fit and taught 15 to 17 group classes a week, I always had some sort of “pain.”  I had plantar fasciitis and could barely take the first few steps in the morning.  I had a […]

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Congratulations to our instructor’s certifications

At Mindfulmovements Pilates, we would like to congratulate our instructors who took time this past year to continue their education and earn new certifications. We set a high standard for our instructors’ education and the quality of teaching for our clients. Mary Alison Mary has completed certification from Mindful Movements Pilates School to train all the Pilates apparatus fully.  She spent over 500 hours in lectures, self-study, observation, student teaching, and now taking her clients.  Julie Ervin Julie completed the Pilates Suspension Method® and is the first fully certified instructor in Indiana!  The Pilates Suspension Method (PSM) combines traditional and […]

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An exciting new STRETCH program coming to Mindful Movements

Stretching has been practiced for millennia in various forms. Stretching equipment has also been used for centuries because it is well known that when the body is gently supported, it releases. It’s called “positional release.” The StretchFit approach uses modern equipment to target specific muscles and facilitates maximum support and relaxation in each stretch. You can’t get it wrong, and you can’t feel silly because it’s focused and easy. It’s a stretch experience like no other. You’ll feel like a well-oiled machine again! • Everybody needs to stretch and be able to do so affordably. Thus, Stretchfit® creator Anthony Lett […]

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Mindful Movements Announces New Pilates Teacher Training School to begin in April

After 20 years in business, Mindful Movement launches the Mindful Movements Pilates Teacher Training School.  This course is an entire comprehensive 500+ hour training school for individuals who want to pursue a career in teaching Pilates or for the enthusiast who wants to know more about movement. The training begins with a Pilates Mat Certification. Pilates Mat takes about 110 hours to complete. Movement fundamentals, functional anatomy, and detailed instruction on how to teach each of the classic Pilates mat moves will be covered in this course. This course is a prerequisite for full comprehensive apparatus training. The second module […]

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Try Adding These Stretches To An Exercise Routine To Help Prevent Back Pain

There can be many causes of back pain.  However, back pain that comes on after movement or after a night’s sleep may be because your muscles are short and tight.  Simple stretches can be incorporated into any routine to help back pain.  Benefits of Stretching: • Increases flexibility • Increases range of motion around a joint • Helps heal and prevent back pain • Provides stress relief and has a calming effect on the body • Can help you fall asleep faster and improved quality of sleep There are many forms of stretching.  However, just doing about 5-6 stretches for […]

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MELT for Golfers

Take your golf game to the next level with The MELT® Method! Discover how in just minutes a day, MELT® can help you increase the strength of your grip, the control, and accuracy of your swing, and help you prevent common golf injuries! MELT® is a simple self-treatment technique that works by rebalancing your nervous system and rehydrates your connective tissue which is all around your muscles and joints. When these tissues become dehydrated from everyday use it will pull on joints, making you less flexible and inevitably cause pain and inflammation the body. Taking a MELT workshop will teach […]

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Five Pilates Exercises That Will Improve Your Golf Game

Golf and Pilates are a perfect match. The functional strength and length you gain from a regular Pilates practice is the perfect combination for a golfer.  Golf and Pilates share many of the same fundamentals such as breathing, centering, fluidity, concentration, and proper body alignment. Like any sport, you must have a stable body to perform. This does not mean having the biggest, bulkiest muscles on the course.  When you have a stable body, you will move better, and most of all, you’ll be pain-free.  Without stability in your body, balance, and coordination are compromised, which affects your swing. What […]

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Five benefits of BarreAmped® exercises with Mindful Movements

Barre exercise is everywhere and growing in popularity every year. Barre exercise offers a multitude of benefits: Better alignment of your body strengthens your abdominals, hips, and gluteals.  The isometric nature and small movements of most exercises allow for a low impact strength program that is safe for joints and most populations. The stretches elongate muscles and give a “toned and fit” look to your body in a short period of time. When your core is stronger, it allows for a more stable pelvis, which helps all the joints in your body and a better posture. A 2020 study investigated […]

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Total Body 4 Week Melt Series

Make 2021 the year you kiss your chronic pain goodbye! In this Total Body MELT® Series, you’ll experience the head-to-toe benefits of the MELT® Method by improving your mobility, removing stuck stress, and much more! You’ll complete the course with a custom MELT® Map made specifically for you to continue your MELT practice as a part of your wellness routine. Date: Saturdays, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM Cost: Early Bird Pricing $130 ($140 starting 2/1) Includes specialized large MELT ball, journal, and 10% off purchase of MELT rollers and FREE videos to practice. Sign up […]

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Introduction to BarreAMPED®

BarreAmped® is an intensive body shaping experience designed to produce reliable results, no matter the client. The method is influenced by classical and modern dance (though it is not a dance class) and utilizes a barre to achieve optimal positioning. Insights from Pilates combined with active and orthopedic stretching also balance the method’s unique approach. The precision-oriented technique focuses mainly on small, isolated movements within deeply held and challenging postures. BarreAmped® is proven to increase metabolism, burn fat, and lengthen tight muscles. With a commitment to the technique, you get recognizable results exactly where you want them. Date: Saturday, Jan. […]

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