Small 12” Pilates Magic Circle
The magic circle is a great addition to your matwork, as well as using it for standing or sitting exercises. It will help you find your “core” and deepen the work into the powerhouse. The smaller circle is preferred as it keeps you within the frame of your body and this will keep you connected into the work.
Hugger Mugger Firm Bolster
While there are tons of bolsters out there, Hugger Mugger is a USA made product and built to last. The firmness will help to support the body vs a soft and cushy bolster and it will hold its shape. This is not just for yoga fans but a great versatile bolster that can be used for opening the chest, hips, supports the low back and so much more.
Dry Brush for Body brushing
If you know me, you’ve heard me talk about dry brushing. Mr. Pilates believed in it! Dry brushing has many health benefits, albeit sometimes it’s a bit uncomfortable. Dry brushing increases blood circulation and invigorates the area, exfoliates dead skin cells, makes the skin feel smoother and is overall energizing. And yes, it does help with the appearance of cellulite as it can help it look less obvious. Once the skin is cleaned and exfoliated, hydrate with a good quality lotion/cream. Don’t overdo it by brushing too hard or too often. Start with once a week.
DoTerra Peppermint Oil
I know you can buy essential oils anywhere these days, but you want to use a high quality product and DoTerra and Young Living are great products. Don’t waste your money on cheaper oils, these will last you a while. Peppermint Oil can be used for headaches, muscles aches, sinus blockage, you can add a drop to your water for a little pick me up in the middle of the day. You can diffuse it as well. You can use it straight on the skin or dilute it with a little carrier oil for sensitive skin. The possibilities are endless. Do make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after handling.
DoTerra Deep Blue Rub 4oz
Another must have in any household. This is a great product for muscle aches and pain and is a nice cream to rub into the skin and not greasy at all. This is a special blend of many great essential oils that will bring a cooling and warming sensation to problem areas. Again, do not put this product near your eyes, nor on any open wounds and do not use a heating pad with Deep Blue Rub.
Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner Concentrate 14.4oz
I have used this in my home and in my Pilates studio for years now. I love that it’s a concentrated product that I can dilute to my discretion. It is plant based and naturally derived ingredients that are not harsh on your home or you. It lasts a long time and is so economical as I do not have to buy all the different cleaning products for all the different surfaces in my home and studio. As with any cleaning product it is recommended to spot test first.
I have these in the studio and use them regularly with classes and private clients. The trademarked towel is a great length, width and has just the right amount of “give” to help connect the arms to the back and more. You don’t have to have this towel to do the work but if you want to splurge, then buy this one!!!
OPTP Soft Foam Roller
This was my first roller I ever owned, as I had a back injury in my late 20’s and this actually felt good on my back! For those with bony spines or you just need to be a little kinder to your back, this roller is for you! You can use it for relaxation, physical therapist use it, can be an addition in Pilates and yoga. I’ve owned mine for over 20 years, it is built to last.
Franklin Textured Green Balls
I cannot recommend these enough. I even make room for these in my suitcase when traveling! They can be used from your feet all the way up to your head! They are the perfect density to promote relaxation of the muscles. They are not hard, but they are adjustable for the firmness you prefer. I love using these for the feet and also by the shoulders, areas that need some love!
OPTP Hard Foam Roller
We’ve all seen these! This is a firm foam roller and you know it when you’re using it. It is another great addition to Pilates and yoga, great for stretching, self myofascial release, self massage yet can be used for high intensity exercises. It’s another versatile piece. I recommend the 36″ size.
Before I invested in my current Pilates mats at the studio, my clients bought this mat and they loved it. It is easy to carry and transport. It has much better cushion than a typical yoga mat. Your spine needs to have good support when doing Pilates on the mat and this one will be a keeper! It comes in fun colors too!
Small Pilates Barrel
I’ve recently had some clients ask about purchasing some small equipment for home. While this is not exactly what I have in the studio, I do recommend this product. Here’s why. I’ve had to wait close to a year for my equipment and this small barrel is ready to be shipped to you today! It will most likely arrive in a day or two. No long wait. It’s also a more affordable barrel for home use. And lastly, Gratz and Pilates Designs, while they make gorgeous equipment, shipping is a killer! This barrel has no shipping charges whatsoever. It’s a no-brainer!
Primal Kitchen Collagen Powder-Vanilla Coconut
I love the Vanilla Coconut flavor but they have many others to choose from. I add a scoop to my morning coffee every day to help get my protein in throughout the day. Chances are you may not be getting enough protein in on the daily. This is an easy way to help make that happen. It’s dairy free and soy free and I don’t feel like it changes the taste of my coffee. I do love coconut!
Oh, we’ve all seen this guy on TV! I was the biggest skeptic I have to say, but I’m a believer now! I’ve tried all the pillows and I wasn’t crazy about this pillow being a bit lumpy to the touch. I then found that I could move the pieces around in the pillow to adjust for side sleeping or back sleeping and I’m glad I took the leap and bought it!
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