8 Ways to Recession Proof your Pilates Business

While it may not happen anytime soon, experts are predicting that an economic downturn will happen in the next year or two.

Many studios were not in business the last time our economy turned down, of those that were, some did ok, a lot went under and some thrived. Below are some tips on how to prepare now so that you are not one of the victims but instead thrive! Read more...

Author: Katie Santos, PMA Board of Directors


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How did you learn about the Pilates Method?

While I was working 70+ hour weeks as a Chef, I sustained a severe back injury, herniating two lumbar discs. In the hospital, I was put in traction and loaded up with IV Roboxin, then scheduled for spinal fusion surgery.

Speaking to the surgeon, I asked about the details of the procedure.  A piece of bone from my illiac crest would be "inserted" between the injured vertebral bodies, fusing my spine.  I chose to find another way.

Over the next few weeks, my left leg began to weaken markedly. More Xrays showed the nerve root was being impinged by calcification around the facet window. I was in extreme pain and very much terrified. An EMG study confirmed the nerve was deteriorating. Still, I had enough faith to find another way. I took to the gym and made every effort to strengthen myself by means of weight machines. Had some very small success.

I was considered totally disabled, and placed in the Vocational Rehabilitation system. The doctors warned me that I would lose my ability to walk if I didn't have the fusion procedure. I kept searching.

After several tries, I found a chiropractor who afforded me some relief. A temporary fix, because every two weeks or so my back would go out and I'd be right back in his office. 

One day Dr. Scott said: "Aren't you tired of all these adjustments?" I was in agreement, and he said "I am sending you to Pilates". I started with Julian Littleford at his studio in Del Mar, CA. 

The first several months were tough, progress was slow. Julian never gave up on me, nor I on him.  Julian and my Pilates my work ethic gave me a new body and a new outlook on Life. 

Harry M. Rau, PMA Member since 2010


"Pilates? That's Like Yoga, Right?"

As a business owner who offers both Pilates and yoga at my studio, I run into this question on a regular basis.  

My answer can be detailed or basic, depending on my audience. Here are some comparison points about the two disciplines based on my personal experience with both. For the purposes of this discussion, I am comparing yoga to Pilates on the apparatus. Read more...

Author: Jo Ann Graser, PMA Board of Directors


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