Erika Bloom Pilates Plus is all about whole body nourishment, incorporating acupuncture, bodywork, holistic health counseling, yoga and (of course!) pilates. We checked in with founder Erika Bloom – fellow blend/fiber groupie and total pilates GODDESS – to get some insight on how she stays fit and fab!
When I am pressed for time or the winter weather keeps me from my usual routine, I like to have a few quick, effective exercises on reserve that target my core, address posture, and can be done anywhere (here’s a favorite I’d shared with Prevention Magazine).
It’s important to be consistent and find time to workout through every season, but I think it’s especially necessary to maintain a healthy mind-body balance during the dreary winter months. I incorporate acupuncture and meditation into my schedule to help me find that much needed balance holistically.
On the weekends when I'm not teaching, I spend all of my free time with my family. What’s so special about our time together - besides enjoying each other’s company - is that our activities are always active. In the winter whether we’re ice skating, taking walks, or preparing a meal together, we’re constantly in action. It's fun for everyone and I’m still able to stay active on my "rest" day.
An Afternoon Stretch
Instead of reaching for a snack, I love to do some restorative stretching. Anything with a twisting motion aids digestion. Legs up the wall and inversion will help increase energy and get you through the rest of your day.
Feel Empowered by Exercise
As we all know, exercise is good for both your physical well-being and mental health. I believe the same attitudes can be applied to a demanding workout or a challenge in life. Getting through your last set of an exercise can be difficult, but just as in life we’re able to find the strength to move through and move on. There are surprising life lessons that can be learned in your time exercising!
Exercise of Choice
Whatever workout method you choose to stay active, choose one that is good and healthy for your body. I’ve always chosen modalities that I truly love and make me feel good, and that I know I’ll want to continue for the rest of my life.
Erika Bloom is the founder of Erika Bloom Pilates Plus, a luxury wellness studio with locations in Manhattan's Upper East Side, Greenwich, Connecticut, East Hampton, and at Amanyara in Turks and Caicos. A former professional dancer, Erika has been studying Pilates for 20 years and teaching for nearly 15 in New York City. In addition to Pilates, Erika has studied many holistic body methods including Klein, Alexander, Fedenkrais, and yoga. Erika's certifications include Pilate Mat, 500+ hour Pilates Apparatus, Protocols of Osteoporosis, Muscle Imbalance Assessment and Correction, Nutrition, and Gait Analysis. She is certified in Postnatal and baby yoga, is a trained doula, and pre/postnatal specialist. Erika hold extensive training and clinical experience in scoliosis correction, injury rehabilitation and prevention, fascia massage and Rolfing, spinal manipulation, and sports conditioning.