Risa Sheppard, creator of the Sheppard Method, is a pioneer in the Pilates field. Risa studied and worked under Pilates master Ron Fletcher in his Beverly Hills studio. She was one of the first teachers to teach The Pilates Method. Risa is the author of the book, Risa Sheppard’s Fitness Formula for a Firm and Flat Stomach, as well as the creator of the new DVD, A Gentle Formula for A Strong Body. Risa’s two studios, Sheppard Method Pilates, are located in Westwood and Toluca Lake, CA.
By Risa Sheppard Fads, in fitness or fashion, come and go. But Pilates and its myriad forms of movements and various contortions, is here to stay. It’s a little like the saying “lovers may come and go, but friends stick around.” That being said, we Baby Boomers have been bombarded by every different exercise fad [...]
by Risa Sheppard When I found out that Kristi Cooper White and I shared the same birthday, July 25th (not the same year of course, but the day, or as I like to call it, Christmas in July), I knew we were destined to become good friends. With one Leo at the helm, you are [...]
I hear and read a lot from Pilates instructors about how to move the body in an anatomically correct way. What “cues” to use while they are explaining to their clients how to “properly engage the transverse abdominus with the multifidus, while we are engaging the glutes,” etc. etc.
What is de-clumping? Watch yourself in the mirror. Notice the distance between the bottom of your rib cage and your pelvis. Is it clumping together? Do you look like a collapsed telescope? Are you getting shorter by the year, month, week? Does stress and tension literally weigh you down, so you feel like a ton of bricks is on your shoulders?
by Risa Sheppard “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” —The Buddha “To learn how to think is to learn how to live.” —Ernest Holmes We start from where we are—we [...]