A little note on self-care from Alexis

My clients come to Delta Pilates for a variety of reasons. Some are here to help with chronic injuries or keep those issues from coming back. Some just love the exhilaration of consistently practicing authentic Pilates. Some (cough cough - you know who you are) come here to talk about the latest red carpet dresses/celebrity gossip/restaurant visits, etc - and that's ok too.

The one common thread that we all share is that we are choosing to take time out of our day, our week, our life to say "this is an hour of self-care for me." It is sometimes hard to get to a place where we accept that we are worthy of an hour to ourselves, our method, our time to just do what we came here to do, whatever that may be.

I have a favorite saying - it's not mine, feel free to borrow it for your own purposes. "When you're on an airplane, you are instructed to put your own breathing mask on before you help anyone else." We cannot serve the other people, pets, jobs, whatever in our lives if we don't take time to keep ourselves healthy. So, if you haven't already, plan out how and when you can take time and put your own well being first - even if it's just for an hour.

xx Alexis

Molr Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder

Molr Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder Molr Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder

If I’m not drinking carbonated water then there is either a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine nearby. Even though I brush my teeth 2-3 times a day I still feel as though my teeth could be whiter.

So I have decided to give Molr’s Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder a try. (I debated for a long time about before and after photos but I cannot stand looking at photos of myself. So Instead you have a pretty accurate photo of a very brave and nameless woman.) Why did I decide to try this instead of something easy like whitening strips? I have no idea and after my first use of this toothpaste I did consider it.

Molr’s Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder is made from organic coconut shell and activated charcoal. The packaging is cute and toothbrush is a pretty teal and has very soft dark grey bristles. The packaging very clearly warns that this will get messy. Please pay attention to this warning! I did not. I had clean the basin and vanity. Twice.

I guess I hadn’t really thought this through or realized how much of a mess I make when I brush my teeth. Everything turned black. My teeth, my lips, my hands, my sink…. It is probably a good thing I wear black pajamas.

It looked like the middle photo, but this woman is a much neater tooth brusher than I am. I rinsed my mouth for a good three minutes until the water was clear again and then smiled at myself in the mirror. I almost screamed! My gums were still grey and it looked like I had not flossed my teethe in 25 years! I spent another 10 minutes flossing, brushing my teeth with my electric toothbrush, and rinsing until I could smile without scaring myself.

This morning went much better, I used a smaller amount of the powder and was much more careful in handling the powder and trying to keep my mouth closed while brushing. It still made a mess, but it was much easier to clean up. I used my normal electric toothbrush after.

I have to admit that my teeth feel super clean! We will have to wait and see if I (or anyone else) notices that my teeth are whiter.

Delta Pilates is on Amazon

Delta Pilates is on Amazon

Do you have a hard time completing your Pilates homework because you don't have a flex cushion or power circle? Do you know how sometimes you wish you could take the prop from your favorite Pilates class home with you? Now you can!! Delta Pilates is now on Amazon!

September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001

"September 11 is one of our worst days but it brought out the best in us. It unified us as a country and showed our charitable instincts and reminded us of what we stood for and stand for." - Sen. Lamar Alexander

Collagen Supplements: What is all the hype about?

Collagen Supplements: What is all the hype about?

What is collagen?

A protein that makes up about 30% of the body. It is found in  bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments, blood vessels, corneas, and teeth. It is often described as the glue that holds all off these together.

As we age, our bodies produce less and lower-quality collagen. This is most visible in our skin, which becomes less firm and supple. Cartilage also weakens with age.

Benefits of Collagen Supplements

  • Improvements in skin elasticity. Softer more supple skin? Yes, please! Some studies claim it aids in prevention of deep wrinkles. Collagen is a common ingredient in wrinkle creams.
  • Reduction in joint pain. (This is the reason I am trying it!) I’m tired of sounding like a Rice Krispy treat and even more tired of the stiff and painful joints.
  • Reduce leaky gut symptoms. Collagen may help to reduce inflammation in the GI tract. (I will take any help I can in reducing inflammation!)
  • It is protein. The powder can be added to foods and beverages like any protein supplement. Many people take protein supplements to add muscle mass, or make their smoothies more filling.

I’ve only recently begun taking a collagen supplement so I have not yet noticed any differences. All reports indicate taking the collagen faithfully every day for at least 4 weeks, to see changes!

Real Men Do Pilates

In recent years, the Pilates phenomenon has added several professional athletes to its list of devotees, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Jake Arreita and Antonio Brown, just to name a few. Professional football teams like the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers also incorporate Pilates into their training regimes. Why? Because it works! Athletes need to have their bodies in top shape, to be able to provide power and stability from their core, to change directions quickly and to have superb control over every part of their body. Those are just are four reasons why Pilates is the perfect training modality to get that extra performance edge. Additionally, competition at the highest levels takes a huge toll on the body, and Pilates provides a workout that is less stressful on the joints. Whether men enter your studio looking to perform at an elite level, to get fitter or to rehab from an injury, Pilates has innumerable benefits. In an interview in Pilates Style magazine, NFL tight end Martellus Bennett said that he was hooked after just one lesson. “I can lift 500 pounds, but in a Pilates session, there’s always some different type of motion that’s hard for me to do. That’s what’s so great about it.” For men who drive or sit a lot for work, Pilates is a way of developing neglected muscle groups, balancing the muscles, mobilizing the spine and joints, and improving posture. “Pilates was created by a man for men,” says Peak Pilates Master Instructor Jamie Isaac. “There’s so much physicality within the classical work. When men realize this, they really connect with the method.” Years ago, a world cup kite surfer sought out Jamie ( who is a talented surfer himself) for Pilates training. Since then, many elite surfers have come to Jamie for help on their training. Jamie says his surfing clients often aren’t sure what to expect, but very soon, they discover how Pilates enables them to work and train harder. As a result, their performance improves. They surf and kite with more control, more power, stay safer and make fewer mistakes. In 2010, soccer star David Beckham was determined to make England’s World Cup team at the age of 35. In order to compete against younger and faster players, he added Pilates to his training repertoire. His Manchester United teammate, Ryan Giggs, also devoted more training time to Pilates, and he credits his longer career to his Pilates training. “Being referred to Pilates by weight lifting coaches and CrossFit trainers takes the ‘girly’ intimidation factor away from Pilates,” says Peak Pilates MI Mikko Utecht, the director of MU Health Group in Helsinki, Finland. “It provides competitors an opportunity to increase body awareness that crosses over to weight lifting performance. CrossFitters joke that it is easier to do a ‘clean and jerk’ than to do Pilates because of how much control they need in a Pilates session.” Many male athletes find their way to Mikko’s studio is through collaborations with Olympic weight lifting and CrossFit gyms. Performing Pilates regularly develops the 4 S’s—Stability, Strength, Stretch, and Stamina. These are great benefits for everybody regardless of whether they are competing in sports or just want a higher quality lifestyle. “Telling men that we can improve strength and stamina, will sound much more appealing than telling us we will develop longer, leaner muscles,” observes Jamie. “Throw in the core stability concept, and we’ll be ready to give Pilates a try! Get a guy doing the physical, classical work, like at Peak, and they’ll fall in love with Pilates. Classical Pilates also develops the critical rhythm and timing skills, and control necessary for peak performance that are often missing from other workouts.”

By Zooey Trap, MS Originally appeared on[ The Teaser Blog](