Ask Jess Hughes when her passion for Pilates began, and she’ll laugh and say that she is still waiting for it to kick in. That’s not what it’s all about for Hughes. The owner of Citizen Pilates isn’t proselytizing about fitness or trying to convert anyone to a particular format. Instead, she’s bent on creating a place where everyone feels like they can join. “You’d be hard pressed to come into my studio and not have someone call you by your name,” Hughes said. “It’s just not going to happen. I want everyone
Because of differences in pelvic structure, the impact of pregnancy and childbirth, and differences in hormones, more women than men struggle with low back pain, especially those of us 40 and older. The pain can be debilitating, and can interfere with almost every aspect of our lives, from grabbing coffee with friends (it hurts to sit for too long), to bending over to pick up our grandkids (too much stress on the lower back) to interfering with our sleep (can’t get comfortable in bed).