Community Pilates Mat class to support victims of hurricane Harvey

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Pilates for hurricane Harvey - Community Mat Class

JoyMoves is proud to co-sponsor a community mat class to benefit the victims of hurricane Harvey. All donations will go to JJ Watts Flood Relief Fund


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Saturday September 30, 2017


Pease Park, Austin, TX - on the lawn behind the playground


Click here to reserve a spot and/or make a donation


The class will be co-taught by Lara Davis, Nancy Hurd, Mark Gates and Laura Phillips


  • No refunds
  • 1 Peak CEC credit available for donations of $30 or more


The essentials of an intermediate Pilates mat workout

In this video, Shoshana will show you set up and techniques for the some of the essential exercises in the classical intermediate Pilates mat order. 

The basics of a beginners Pilates mat workout

In this video, Shoshana reviews a sampling of Pilates Mat exercises that would typically be appropriate for those new to Pilates. 

Celebrate Free Pilates Day at JoyMoves -May 7, 2016

Our Free Pilates Day offerings will be:


10:30am – Basic Pilates Reformer class (7 spots) - taught by Alana
11:30am – Basic Pilates Reformer class (7 spots) - taught by Lisa

Book yourself into a class here

9:30am - 12:30PM - free 30-min Private Pilates sessions - taught by Shoshana

Book yourself for a free 30-min Private session here


  • Classes will be suitable for beginners.
  • New client specials will be offered.
  • JoyMoves will also enter all those who attend into a raffle contest. The winner, picked at random, will win a free 3-pack of Private sessions at JoyMoves.
  • The above offerings are for new students to JoyMoves (or those who haven't been in for the last six months).
  • Austin-area residents only please.
  • Contact us here for questions or to get on a wait list.

Also, FREE SNACKS and SAMPLES will be provided by Snap Kitchen

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Those pesky knees

by Shoshana Goldstein

In 2013, I learned the hard way about this delicate joint when I tore the meniscus in my right knee during a ski accident. Not long after, 60% of my meniscus was removed in surgery. Since the meniscus acts as the shock absorber in one's knee, this meant I would now have hardly any cushion in my right knee!

The orthopedic surgeon told me that recovery would be slow and that I would also probably need a knee replacement when I was older - to which I said 'heck no!' I was sure that with Pilates I could not only fully recover, but could do so quickly and also have a sustainable & joint-safe form of exercise for the long term.

And that's exactly what has happened.

Within 12 months of the accident, I was fully recovered and back to swooshing down the slopes.

General guidelines and modifications
Here are some general modifications and guidelines for a mat or reformer Pilates workout for this situation. This information comes from both my own experience along with insights from my mentor and master Pilates instructor Shari Berkowitz - see

PLEASE realize that these general guidelines are not a prescription. If you've had knee surgery, it's essential that you work with a skilled practitioner (i.e. a Physical Therapist or an experienced Pilates instructor) both during the acute phase of rehab and subsequently when restoring full functionality.

1. One of the key things about knee rehab is that every repetition needs to be pain free. We work around the injury in order to avoid pain and focus on the strong parts of the body to support the knee joint.

2. Set your feet a hip socket width apart and parallel so that the middle of your knee is inline with the second toe joint of your foot. This provides good ankle, knee and hip tracking.

3. Reduce the range of motion when in knee flexion to avoid pain. For example:

    A. On the reformer set the foot bar at a lower setting or move the gear bar for a longer carriage.

    B.  While doing a Mat exercise like Single Leg Stretch, use your hands to block your knee so that the knee stops directly over the hip.

4.  When doing mat work that involves repetitive knee flexion with 'hand' pulling - like in Single Leg Kick or Rolling Like A Ball - place hands behind the knees or at the back of your leg. Omitting the arm portion of the exercise is also a possibility. Just reach your arms long at hip bone level.  Likewise, you can do just the arm and torso portion of an exercise and omit legs.

 5. Eliminate exercises that involve being on your stomach (prone) while flexing the knees like in hamstring curls on the reformer or Single and Double Leg Kicks on the mat. These exercises may put too much pressure on the knee and make it difficult for proper tracking.

6. When setting up for Shoulder Bridge Preparation, set your feet further away from your hips so that there is less knee flexion or omit.

7. Kneeling exercises likely need to be eliminated.

8. You might have to omit exercises with legs in straps whether on the reformer or tower. Straps do not provide much stability for the knees

9. Lower the amount of weight from the springs for any work with feet on the reformer’s foot bar or foot pedal. The pull from the springs can be compressive.