Spring has sprung!

Hello friends! It is officially spring time in the Valley. We are ready to get you prepped for all of your favorite warm weather sports. We will come up with a customized plan to help you maximize your sport (or leisure!) days and keep you moving pain-free. We will take your activities, goals and interests to help you develop a Pilates schedule and, as needed, a home program. We are here to help whether you're adding a day of pickleball to your existing routine or training for a triathlon. Let us know how we can help you!

New Year - New Opportunities!

Well that was quite the interesting year we just had! We learned some new terminology (that I could have done without), figured out how to Zoom, reconnected with loved ones, and navigated an entire obstacle course with highs and lows.

In years past, you have no doubt seen advertising messaging touting the "New Year, New You!" mantra. In light of the year we just had, I would like to propose a different message: "New Year, New Opportunities." We may have had some of the last year's challenges thrown at us faster than a wrecking ball or we may have handled every curve ball with dexterity and sure-footedness. We may still be picking up some of the pieces from last year or reshuffling where they landed - and that is OK. I encourage you to take this time to sift through the rubbles of missed opportunities: special occasions that were downsized or cancelled, job prospects that came or went, a friendship that strengthened or struggled, self-care that flourished at home or fell by the wayside. Even if the outcome was not ideal at the time, can you look at the situation now and see what opportunities can arise from it?

In business school, they teach the SWOT matrix which stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. I think we have had enough of the weaknesses and threats to last for a while. Instead, I encourage you to look for the opportunities and reclaim your strengths. I wish you all a healthy and prosperous New Year and I'll be here to help however I can.



Feeling like fall, y'all!

It's been so, so, sooo very hot here in Scottsdale this summer. I know what you're thinking - it's always hot here! - so why does it seem so different this year? I think the challenging events of this year have added to what is already a rough time of the year in our lovely Southwest state. Many people have realized the challenge that comes with "Zoom fatigue" or uncertainties surrounding work and school or even just missing your yearly summer vacation to a new destination. Everything seems to have compounded a bit more this year because it is a lot to take on at once.

My advice as we start heading into fall is to make sure you are taking time to care for yourself and let things go that no longer serve you (like 115 degree days). Take some quiet time to set intentions and goals for the last quarter of the year. There may be challenges that arise that you will need to overcome but guess what? We have already done that this year and we can handle any upcoming challenges with the new skillsets we acquired while having to adjust and pivot on the fly. Staying healthy is one of the best ways to fight stress and keep feeling like you are in charge of your life. Let us help you manage your health goals and stay well as we head into fall so that you can be your best self in the new (hopefully less challenging) year ahead.

Staying grounded during challenging times

Everyone has a lot on their plate right now. I've heard many clients dismissing their own valid concerns with harmful language suggesting that their issues are not "as bad" or "important" as someone else's. There is no scale. There is only what we can control and what we cannot. When we focus on what we can control, we allow ourselves to stay tethered to our own issues (read: not worrying if you see someone in Target not following the rules) and let others' issues just be. They have their own full plate to deal with today.

Things I cannot control (so I can let go for my own sanity):

  • If others follow the rules of social distancing
  • The actions of others
  • Predicting what will happen
  • How much hand sanitizer is at the store
  • How long things will be out of sorts
  • How others react to news, social media, school stats, movie theater openings, restaurant attendance, etc. etc. etc.

Things I can control (so I will focus my energy on these areas to help me stay grounded):

  • My attitude and maintaining a positive outlook
  • How I follow guidelines to stay healthy
  • Limiting excessive news or social media exposure
  • Staying healthy by maintaining my Pilates practice
  • Allowing myself to disengage from people or situations that don't serve the list above

How are you staying grounded? Are you remembering to breathe? We have virtual sessions available every day of the week with all major time slots available. Even if you just want to check in and make sure you're doing your breath, MELT Method, Pilates homework or your favorite stretch sequence correctly, we're here for you!

Pilates, Breath and You!

We have stayed strong through the past few (admittedly, trying!) months by enjoying the benefits of Pilates at home. The best ways to strengthen your immune system include plenty of water, healthy diet, plenty of sleep, and of course exercise. Pilates has the added benefit of incorporating breath into each movement. As Joseph Pilates stated, "Breath is the first act of life and the last" and "Above all, learn to breath correctly!"

Pilates is vital for creating and maintaining a healthy body. Reach out to us for more info about adding Pilates to your Healthy at Home routine!

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Making homemade mashed potatoes is SO easy, it would make no sense for you to reach for instant ones. But what actually separates AMAZING mashed potatoes from subpar ones?


Russet potatoes (the classic brown-skinned ones used for baked potatoes) are the classic go-to for mashed potatoes, but you don't have to stick to only those. We like using a mix of russet and Yukon gold, which have a super-creamy texture.


This is the age-old debate: Should you peel your potatoes for mashed potatoes?! The Delish kitchen falls into the camp of people who happen to love the texture that the skin adds, so we don't peel our potatoes, but it's entirely up to you.


Our recipe calls for a whole stick, but real butter enthusiasts might even want to use another few tablespoons. We like to melt our butter with milk in a saucepan so the milk is warm when it hits the mashed spuds. Mashed potatoes can easily be made vegan as well by substituting all of the dairy items for vegan ones...without taking away from the flavor!


Starchy potatoes need serious fat to turn them creamy, so skip low-fat varieties for sour cream and milk, which will produce drier mashed potatoes.


Mashed potatoes are begging for salt and pepper. Potatoes need a lot of salt—go heavy! This will help bring out their buttery flavor and ensure they don't taste lackluster.


We're obsessed with loaded mashed potatoes—who isn't?!—so we totally encourage you to stir in shredded cheddar or Parmesan, cooked bacon bits, chives, the works, after you add the melted butter-milk mixture. Truly any fresh herb or cheese will only help mashed potatoes taste amazing.

INGREDIENTS 3 lb. potatoes (about 4 large, a combo of russets and Yukon Golds) Kosher salt 1 stick butter, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish 1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. sour cream Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until totally soft, 16 to 18 minutes. Drain and return potatoes to the pot.

Use a potato masher to mash potatoes until smooth.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter and milk until warm.

Pour over warm milk-butter mixture and stir until completely combined and creamy. Add sour cream and stir until combined.

Season mashed potatoes generously with salt and pepper.

Transfer potatoes to a serving bowl and top with the remaining two tablespoons butter. Season with more pepper before serving.