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 Past Newsletters

May 11th, 2024

Keep Your Leves Leveled


May 4th, 2024

Behind the Scenes with Joseph Pilates Himself


April 27th, 2024

Movement IS the Medicine that Yields Results


April 20th, 2024

Joys and Consequences of Repetitive Motion


April 13th, 2024

Sitting IS the New Smoking


April 6th, 2024

What's More beneficiat: Frequency or Durations? 


March 30th, 2024

Isometric Exercises Lower Blood Preassure


March 23rd, 2024

Beware of Sport-Specific Pilates Advertisements


March 16th, 2024

Would Mr. Pilates Be Happy?


March 9th, 2024

Correct Your Posture At Home


March 2nd, 2024

Pilates False Starts

Smart Ways To Successful Weighlifting

Be more efficient, avoid injury.


February 17th, 2024
Pilates for pre and post hip replacement surgery

Trust the method.


January 27th, 2024

Pilates Can Help Prolong Hip Logevity 

Are you taking care of your hips? 


November 16th, 2023

Imagine if you could do Pilates with no neck pain.


November 9th, 2023

Don't do these to your neck/head.

What can you do on your own to help yourself?  Avoid common mistakes during Pilates workout


October 20th, 2023

Shoulder health for those who have sedentary jobs 

What can you do on your own to help yourself?  


October 12th, 2023

How does Pilates improve spine health? 

The method is the strategy.  


October 5th, 2023

The power of 10-minute increments. 

How to add Pilates to your life without overhwelm.


September 28th, 2023

A movement with purpose in mind. 

It is not aboit your pinky finger touching your pinky toe.  


September 14th, 2023

Do you ever strengthen your hands and forearms? 

Did you know  and do you practice? 


August 3rd, 2023

Good posture requires a conscious effort

Strong body and willing mind weaved together 


July 27th, 2023

If you care about your posture

All you need is a wall ( or a securely closed door)


July 20th, 2023

Creative ways to make your Pilates practice satisfying

Have a "theme" for your workout


July 6th, 2023

How to get better at doing Pilates?

Tips on what to do to progress. 


June 29th, 2023

What is the correct way to breathe while doing Pilates ?

Here are a few truths that may help you in your Pilates practice.


June 17th, 2023

 Are you doing the exercises right?

 Your hip flexors do not have to work so hard


June 10th, 2023

Pilates, a remedy for lower back tightness/stiffness

 Pilates - a "ready-to-use" toolbox


June 3rd, 2023

Pie and Latter or a 7-layer cake? 

 basic Pilates versus "get deep into it" kind


May 23rd, 2023

Pilates from head to toe:

Take care of your hands with classical Pilates exercises.


April 22nd, 2023

"Your FIRST Pilates lesson should go like this:"   

Are you thinking of taking your first Pilates lesson?

Here are  some facts  you should know:  


April 15th, 2023

"Will Pilates make you taller?"

The myth and truth about Pilates can and cannot do for your height:


Twist 2

 "Try Pilates on" video 

Click on the link below to access the instructional video 


Good Morning Pilates video

A short instructional video on how to wake up your muscles and joints every morning:


Do you ever wake up full of energy for the new day only to realize that your body is stiff, your back is achy or you can barely move your neck?

Unless you suffer from chronic condition, most often than, not simple movements that stretch the muscles and mobilize the joints are all that you need.

Classical Pilates Fundamentals are mini-exercises that address the above so before you try to get out of bed try doing them first.

Think about what you did last night. Did you sit watching TV, reading a book or browsing the Internet? Did you go for a long walk or just walked a lot yesterday? Were you talking on the phone while making dinner, holding the phone between your ear and shoulder to not let it fall into the soup?

All these activities and plenty of others can contribute to how we feel when we wake up.  So go ahead, start your day right. Ask your Pilates teacher to review the Fundamentals with you. If you are not doing Pilates at present look for a studio near you. The skills you learn there will improve the quality of life and will help to keep your body obeying your will for a very long time.


"Good Morning Pilates" video:

Raising the bar on Pilates education

May 10, 2019

Teaching Pilates is a profession, one that still struggles to be recognized.

Instead of contributing to elevating the status of a Pilates teacher as a profession, Teacher Training programs dumb down the training to appeal to a wider audience, making prospective teachers believe that spending minimum time and paying a competitive price will give them the desired education. Shouldn’t we be raising the bar on Pilates education, taking care of new generation of teachers who will contribute to further developing our profession?

The first obvious fact is that today’s Pilates hype distorts the reality of teaching Pilates, presenting a misleading picture to prospective Pilates teachers. Students get excited at the possibility of learning a new and popular method of movement, not realizing that they should seek out a program that will teach them the many layers that Pilates is made of and not just prepare them to teach one aspect of this method (i.e. Mat or equipment type) to one type of client. 

When the training program decides to deliver a specific curriculum, the training program decides what the student is going to learn, rather than offering the student all that there is to learn about Pilates. The training programs should not make that choice for the student with enticing marketing slogans and attractive pricing.

The flaw lies not only in structuring training programs as modules and teaching Mat and apparatus

separately, but also in number of hours offered. Just the fact that training programs offer various number of

hours to choose from should be a reason to wonder. Why such discrepancy? Is 900 hours of training better

than 600 simply because it consists of more hours?  Is 450 hours good enough?

A prospective student needs to ask themselves the reason they want to become a Pilates teacher and

what kind of teacher do they want to be?  Teaching Pilates is a profession, one that still struggles to be

recognized. Why educate professionals who are only partially trained in the Pilates method, whose

fragmented knowledge puts them and their clients at a disadvantage from the start? 

When Choosing A Pilates Teacher Training Program, Consider Your Long-term Goals

May 8th, 2019

How to choose a training program and why it matters:

the reality of being a Pilates teacher.

You should choose to study a comprehensive Pilates teacher training program where you master Mat and apparatus simultaneously level by level and here is why:

Fit and injured have different needs. The training program you choose should prepare you to handle both with the same high-level skill. A client deserves to be looked at as a whole and be guided through a session according to their needs. A teacher should be prepared to teach various body types, at any fitness level with any restrictions, offering not only a wide array of exercises to the client, but most of all, a cohesive and logical link system of choices to address all fitness skills and limitations.

To understand and become proficient in the skill of “reading” the bodies and develop a keen eye that can tell “where the movement” originates from and how to cue a correct muscle action takes at least 12-18 months of theory and practice. There is no substitute for learning and mastering the craft other than investing time and effort in many practical hours (apprenticeship) spent at a Pilates studio.

Learning only one aspect of the method (i.e. a piece of equipment or mat one at a time) does not support the opportunity to understand logical connections that exists within the method very well. It limits the student’s development into well versed teacher. And there lies the startling disconnection between some of the training programs currently offered and the reality of being a Pilates teacher.


October 2017

Abstract of Our Research Publication In How We Utilize Pilates After Knee Reconstruction Surgery to Restore Full ROM In the Knee Joint



AUTHORS: Joanna Telacka, MS PMA-CPT, Wojciech Telacki, MSPT; Harmonious Pilates, Inc. Roslyn, 

                      New York, USA, harmoniouspilates@yahoo.com

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to show that apparatus based Pilates exercises are an effective method of rehabilitation in restoring full ROM in the knee joint post surgery; week 6-12

SUBJECT: 1 subject: 49 year old female. Knee reconstruction surgery due to a skiing accident– medial meniscus repaired, lateral meniscus debridement, ACL replaced with allograft customized to the subject’s particular knee anatomy. The complexity of the surgery resulted in conservative recovery protocol to ensure that the initial healing process would not be compromised. Non weight bearing during week 1-4, 

knee brace week 1-6, knee joint ROM restricted to 90 ° flexion week 1 – 6.

ASSESSMENT: knee joint ROM measured with goniometer, knee flexors, knee extensors, and plantar flexors strength measured by manual muscle test.


Reformer, Chair, Mat, stationary bike, passive ROM, heat, ice.

METHODS: 3 to 5 times per week for 6 weeks; heat 15 min, Reformer, Chair, Mat protocol: Selected intermediate level Reformer and Chair closed kinetic chain exercises as a preferred method of post surgery rehabilitation. These exercises promote sequential movement in mobilizing the ankle, knee and hip joints. Every exercise is a compound movement where more muscle groups are recruited and used per exercise than in open kinetic chain exercises that promote more shearing forces. Selected intermediate level Reformer and Mat exercises as isometric exercises are used to strengthen thigh and lower leg. Passive stretching in weeks 6 – 10, stationary bike - gradually lowering the seat to increase ROM in knee joint, low RPM, gradually increasing duration from 2 min to 10 min. Ice for 15-30 min. 

RESULTS: Increase in passive ROM from 90° to 140 ° flexion within first 3 weeks. Week 4 and 5 ROM increased to 148°.  The strength of knee flexors, knee extensors and plantar flexors increased from 3/ 5 to 4/5.

CONCLUSION: The Pilates method is an effective tool in restoring knee joint ROM. Using springs and various configurations of the football on the Reformer, as well as springs on the Chair, allows one to perform closed kinetic chain exercises with precision by flexing and extending the knee joint as much as possible, in a controlled environment. In addition, using isometric exercises within the Pilates repertoire strengthens knee flexors, extensors and plantar flexors. This improves knee joint congruity and prepares the subject for the next phase of the rehabilitation –dynamic strength training and proprioception.

KEYWORDSPilates for ACL reconstruction, Pilates and rehabilitation, Pilates and knee reconstruction, ACL replacement, closed kinetic chain exercises.


Pilates Method Alliance Pre-conference Workshop

October 24th, 2018

Our staff participated in the Pilates Method Alliance pre-conference workshop lead by the team of specialists from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City ,entitled "The Art of Overcoming Pain". The discussion included: importance of focusing on wellness and prevention, improving function versus resolution of pain, finding solutions for coping with pain through movement in a safe environment. The participants agreed that the collaboration of medical professionals and Pilates teachers is proven to bring positive results in helping our clients/patients overcome chronic pain.

We as Pilates teachers are a part of a "Beautiful transition - Pilates in the rehabilitation continuum"