Faculty Spotlight

Meet Rebekah!

Osteoporosis expert Rebekah Rotstein is a Pilates and movement educator who teaches seminars and guest presents throughout the country and internationally. Her education began in the sports medicine department of Smith College working as a student athletic trainer after chronic injuries ended her ballet career. She trained at the Kane School where she later joined the teacher training faculty, leading courses in Special Populations and serving as a senior expert Instructor. She specializes in post-rehabilitation and furthers her education through ongoing coursework including yearly human cadaver dissection. Rebekah’s own diagnosis of osteoporosis at age 28 fueled her personal and professional pursuit of information on the subject. She is the creator of Pilates for Buff Bones® and an ambassador for the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education.  She is also a partner of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in its Office of Women’s Health to promote its Best Bones Forever!™ campaign to young girls. Rebekah is a contributing expert for the website of Dr. Andrew Weil and is frequently interviewed in various media including CNN (and here!), SELF Magazine and Martha Stewart Living Radio.

Fav prop? “The magic circle offers opportunity for both compression and resistance, which is great for your bones and your nervous system.”

Fav way to take care of your bones? “The Huddle” (aka The Beyonce). It’s a move from my Pilates for Buff Bones® workout and strengthens the bones through impact and vibration. It’s fun and always puts a smile on other people’s faces too.”

Fun Fact? “I am small enough to fit in a trunk but clever enough to charm my way into first class.”

Q&A with Rebekah: she answers the top 3 questions clients ask her:

Q: “How could you have had osteoporosis when you’re so young?”

A: Osteoporosis can affect people at any age, typically due to a number of factors in their medical and lifestyle histories, and that was true for me too. But I was able to improve my bone density by altering my diet and exercise regimen and my outlook change helped me as well.

Q: “What do I do about osteoporosis so I don’t end up like my mother?”

A: Good alignment and body mechanics will be your best weapon.  But also add appropriate weight bearing and resistance exercise, include back and hip strengthening along with balance and reflex training. Also, follow an alkaline diet along with proper vitamin D intake. And be sure to avoid certain motions like spinal flexion if you indeed have osteoporosis.

Q: Is Pilates enough to build strong bones?

A: No, you need to do a variety of activities including weight training. Pilates is a terrific exercise tool though for increasing body awareness, strengthening the body as a whole unit and improving flexibility and balance. So it should certainly be part of your overall exercise plan.

Sign up for Rebekah’s upcoming Osteoporosis In-Depth workshop here – register by 2/20 to receive the early bird discount!

Need something to tide you over until March? Check her out here and here.


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