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Music for Pilates and Reiki

November 18, 2012 — 1 Comment

Music for Pilates Classes and Reiki Sessions

English: Pilates Day 2010, in Madrid.

English: Pilates Day 2010, in Madrid. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For many years I taught pilates within the confines of a sports medicine podiatrist’s office, and so I did not even think about playing any music during a pilates session, because the space was not amenable to that. It was when I first started teaching pilates mat classes in gyms that music became an issue, and my obsession with finding appropriate music to accompany pilates classes continued through my time in Turks and Caicos to today.

Now I have the added challenge of finding appropriate reiki music, especially given my general dislike of new age collections and “yoga” tunes. I generally steer clear of music download sites, unless I am putting together a playlist for a specific client (like Planet Hollywood CEO Robert Earl’s hip hop music).

Now, I have to admit that when I saw the website title “iOldies,” I immediately thought of 1950s doo-wop. I forget that I am 46 years old, and the music of my youth is definitely now considered to be Oldies. iOldies.com carries over 15 million recordings from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, along with some classic DVDs. You love and want to hear Elvis? Van Morrison? The Beatles? The Eagles? They are all here for you to buy, download, and enjoy.

So what do I use for my pilates class playlists? Mostly Motown, Blues, and Soul. Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Al Green, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, etc. all have an appropriate BPM and cadence for pilates classes. For reiki I like more latin, jazz, and blues instrumentals, from artists like Santana and The Gypsy Kings.

And as I find myself around more and more elderly adults, both as clients and when visiting my dad, I need access to all of their favorite music of the 1950s and 60s quickly and easily. Thank you iOldies!

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Lynda Lippin is an award-winning NYC-based Certified Pilates Teacher with 25 years experience, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer who specializes in TRX® and Kettlebell training, and a Usui Reiki Master. Lynda's teaching style, which is described as "nurturing yet demanding," allows her clients, such as journalist Natalie Livingstone and designer Donna Karan, to overcome basic issues of poor posture, poor alignment, stiffness, injury, and back or neck pain. Lynda Lippin's clients end up stronger, taller, more flexible, and thinner with many fewer aches and pains. Livingstone says, "Lynda is the only personal trainer I have worked with who combines hard-core cardio, super-toning but not bulking weight circuits and expert pilates. Her results speak for themselves...." Contact Lynda Lippin to schedule a session or for more information.

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