Made in America: Your Holiday Shopping Guide

I was really impressed by this website and story by ABC News. It turns out that the average American spends $700 on Christmas gifts. If each person spent $64 of those dollars on an American made gift, according to economist it would create 200,000 jobs.

From the ABC Made in America website you can search for goods made in America in your state. Connecticut’s list wasn’t very extensive, but I’m pretty sure if more businesses hear about it, they can add themselves to the list somehow.

And while I don’t know if it officially counts, what if instead of buying a good you bought a gift certificate from a small local vendor. It seems to me a service could create a job as well as a good. You could pick a local restaurant, pilates or yoga studio, even a local movie theater, especially a small one like the Parkade in Machester. Maybe you can get a gift certificate to a local farm or buy someone a food share from a local farm. There are locally made wines in Connecticut throughout the state. We have local breweries. Maybe you can buy someone a gift certificate to a local […]

Made in America: Your Holiday Shopping Guide2017-09-12T19:31:39-04:00

Types of Pilates

There are a number of different styles of pilates out there. Some people might tell you one is better than another. I think many of them have pluses and minuses. When it comes to moving the body, one style of pilates is not necessarily better, it’s just different. And one style may work better for different body types.

On a most basic level the styles of pilates can be broken down into Classical and Contemporary.


STOTT is one type of contemporary pilates. Full disclosure: I’m certified in STOTT. This does not mean that I think they are always right (in my classes I incorporate things I have learned from the elders and other programs). I do think that if you have a good Instructor Trainer when you go through STOTT’s certification program, you’ll get a very good education. I had a wonderful trainer in my program and I continue to train with her.

STOTT, like other types of contemporary pilates, has taken the traditional pilates exercises and modified many of them. There […]

Types of Pilates2017-09-12T19:31:51-04:00