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Holiday Pilates Gift Giving Suggestions!

Posted Nov 25 2009 2:57am
Its that time of the year again- time to find everyone you know the perfect gift. For the pilates enthusiasts in your life, this is a great time to inspire their workouts by giving them something fun and pilates related. Here are some of my favorite picks that are sure to delight any of your pilates friends this holiday season, and possibly inspire an impromptu "Hundreds" under the tree.

A Customized Mat
These are so cool and are on my personal wish list this year. Customized mats from Yogamatic are so fun and cool- sure to surprise anyone you know who does pilates or yoga. Yes, these are yoga mats and a little thin for pilates, but place one right on top of a plain, cheap yoga mat and its thick and comfortable for pilates.

Order any photo you want to go on these mats- a landscape or tree trunk would be awesome, or a cool pattern, or photo of something/someone your friend loves. Or choose an interesting pattern from Yogamatics selection.
http://yogamatic.com/home.php

Pilates Accessories
Balanced Body has a 15% off sale on things like Toe Sox, pinlie balls, massage balls, and the very funny Joe Pilates Bobblehead Doll. Use promo code PSTK09 for the sale.
www.pilates.com

Peak Pilates is having a sale this season on pilates accessories- take advantage and buy from one of the best companies for pilates equipment. Anything you purchase from Peak is guaranteed to be of the highest quality. Here are the dates of the sale
Monday, December 7th – Pilatesstick®
Tuesday, December 8th – MVe® Chairs
Wednesday, December 9th – Magic Circles
Thursday, December 10th – MVe Reformer Manuals and DVDs
Friday, December 11th – Select Accessories

http://www.peakpilates.com/

Historical Footage of Joseph Pilates
One of the most interesting things about pilates is the historical information, images, and footage of Joseph Pilates. These dvds will give any pilates fanatic an in depth look at the history behind pilates and reveal the spirit of Joe Pilates.

Archival Pilates Footage from Power Pilates:
http://www.powerpilates.com/store/cart.php?target=product&product_id=6&substring=footage

Mary Bowen's: Joe and Clara Historical Footage:
http://www.pilates-marybowen.com/videos/video.html

Pilates Books

Everyone should have a few pilates books on their shelves, and these are a few of the bestPilates, by Rael Isacowitz
One of the only books that has photos and descriptions of not only mat exercises but also exercises on the equipment, all in one book.
http://www.amazon.com/Pilates-Rael-Isacowitz/dp/0736056238/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259161005&sr=8-9

The Pilates Body, by Brooke Siler
This book was a New York Times best seller for a very good reason- its the best book on pilates mat exercises out there. Clear photos, clear instructions, and visualization cues all make reading and using this book to work out with so doable.
http://www.amazon.com/Pilates-Body-Strengthening-Lengthening-Body-Without/dp/076790396X/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259161005&sr=8-4

Your Health and Return to Life, by Joseph Pilates
This book contains the two books written by Joseph Pilates- Return to Life and Your Health. Inside, you'll find historical photos of some of his interesting inventions and his mat exercises, as well as his philosophies on fitness, health, and the keys to living a long life. Interesting to read and provides many good laughs.
http://www.amazon.com/Pilates-Primer-Millennium-Joseph/dp/1928564003/ref=sr_1_31?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1259169899&sr=8-31

Pilates Style Magazine
A subscription to Pilates Style magazine would be a nice surprise for a pilates student or instructor. Up to date information on pilates and what's going on in the pilates world, interviews with pilates instructors and elders, and so much more.
http://www.pilatesstyle.com/html/

Historical Pilates Photos and Posters

Balanced Body Photos and Posters
This company has a large selection of historical, black and white photos of Joe Pilates taken in his NYC studio. This is a nice web site to browse because they not only have photos but also posters. These would make an excellent gift for your pilates instructor to hang in the studio, or for your friend to hang in her own home studio.
http://www.pilates.com/BBAPP/V/store/studio-furnishings/joseph-pilates-photographs.html

I.C. Rapoport Photos
I.C. Rapoport's personal and professional website where you can buy any of the iconic Joe Pilates photos by the man who took them himself as part of a photoshoot for Sports Illustrated. These are especially nice because of the extensive selection. He is also selling a limited edition book of photos.
http://www.rapo.com/icrgallery/gallery_frames.htm

Pilates Gift Certificates
Many pilates studios, including Rhinebeck Pilates, are running gift certificate sales this season. Spread your love of pilates to someone who you know would love, or could use, some classes.
http://headsuponyourbody.blogspot.com/2009/10/holiday-gift-certificate-specials-on.html

Happy Holidays!
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