Escape the Norm and Find an Online Studio Scheduler You Actually Love

By |2016-04-29T15:27:50+00:00April 29th, 2016|Business Tools, StudioTips|

Note from Kaleen:  Katie is one of my dearest friends, whom I met while working at Balanced Body.  She is outgoing, loud-mouthed, smart and an awesome Pilates instructor who has her own busy studio.  I help her with her website and graphic design, and since she raves about Tula so much I asked her to

What riding my bike taught me about the difficulties of Pilates equipment maintenance

By |2016-04-06T03:30:00+00:00March 23rd, 2016|StudioTips|

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I went cycling through wine country in Dahlonega, Georgia.  We stayed in a cool container cabin at the Hiker Hostel, visited a few wineries, and cycled 32 miles and climbed 2500 feet.  Whew!  My quads were bricks! About 3/4 of the way through our ride, almost to our last winery,

How to create and actually perform an equipment maintenance routine

By |2016-04-06T03:30:52+00:00March 10th, 2016|StudioTips|

Pilates equipment maintenance is an easy subject to gloss over in the grand scheme of running a successful business.  Everyone knows they should be doing it, but few do.  It’s like cleaning your house or maintaining your car.  The average person knows there are basic schedules and tasks they should do, but they often put

Don’t Be Afraid of the Nuts and Bolts: Easy Equipment Maintenance for Pilates Instructors

By |2016-04-06T03:32:42+00:00February 3rd, 2016|StudioTips|

I've been published!  It's an honor to be featured in one of Brett Miller's Pilates Intel newsletters.  The subject: learning how to take care of your own Pilates equipment!  Here's an excerpt. One of the first things the professor in my college Introduction to Engineering course told the class was that that no mechanical invention is

The truth about essential oils and your Pilates equipment

By |2016-04-06T03:34:12+00:00January 20th, 2016|StudioTips|

One of the big surprises for my clients is that your Pilates equipment manufacturer probably doesn't recommend cleaning vinyl with essential oils.  While a diluted solution of tea tree oil is the inherent choice for many studio owners, the major vinyl manufacturers (Naugahyde and Boltaflex) don't recommend it. What the manufacturers say Shari Berkowitz published

The truth about Spring Lifespans

By |2016-04-06T03:36:01+00:00January 10th, 2016|StudioTips|

Every client I visit asks if they really need to replace their springs every two years.  My short answer: Yes. Here is what the major manufacturers say: From Gratz... The average life of a Gratz Reformer spring is 18 to 24 months if you use your equipment daily or continuously. If the springs show any sign

Leather Strap Care

By |2016-04-06T03:37:04+00:00December 14th, 2015|StudioTips|

Your leather straps originate from Latigo straps found in ranching.  And just like any leather used on the ranch, they need to be cleaned and oiled regularly to keep them soft, supple and strong. See the cracks in this photo?  That's from years of neglecting the leather straps.  Eventually, the straps will break at those