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I thought I’d seen it all when it came to Pilates sock innovations—grippy bottoms, separate toes, slippers. That’s why I wasn’t expecting much when a box of Shashi Socks hit my desk promising a “cool treat” for my feet. I tossed a pair into my bag and didn’t have a chance to wear them for several weeks. When I finally tried them out, I felt a little sheepish—they were really great and caught the eye of every instructor at the studio.
Shashi Socks creator Natalie Sudit had been doing Pilates for over 15 years but didn’t like practicing in regular socks, so she created her own. Yes, they’re grippy on the bottoms—nothing new there. But what’s unique about Shashi is the breathable mesh fabric that covers the top of the foot. It kept my feet from sweating and made the socks feel like they were barely there. I literally forgot I was wearing them. If you like to practice barefoot but want the sanitary protection of a sock, these are for you. They’re well suited for warmer climates or summer months when the thought of regular socks makes your brow glisten.
Shashi Socks come in white or black, with more colors promised soon. A split-toe version can be worn with flip-flops. Each pair costs $12.50, and Sudit also offers volume pricing for resale at studios.
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Natalie is offering five pairs of Sashi Socks as a giveaway to Pilates-Pro.com readers! To enter, sign up for our enewsletter or name one bone of the foot in the comments section or on our Facebook page. We’ll draw the winners in January.
How many of your clients have shoulder tension? All of them? It was certainly Pilates instructor Rachael Maddalena’s most common complaint from clients. “They would tell me they worked at a computer all day, they had a long commute, and their posture at their computer or in their car would cause them tension that lingered,” says the Bellingham, Wash., instructor.
Rachael went beyond recommending a good masseuse and set out to invent a solution that would really work. She came up with the Pressure Pillow, a clever take on the common practice of rolling out shoulder and back tension on a rubber ball. She’s made the process easier and prettier by packaging two hard balls in padding and covering them with attractive fabric. A strap helps you change positions and control the placement.
Rachael based the pillow design on a combination of Thai massage, Pilates and dance medicine therapies. It targets the trapezius muscles specifically, and she uses it to help her clients get a better understanding of a relaxed and supported shoulder girdle. To use it, place it behind the shoulders using the straps to place it where you’d like the pressure. Then lean back on the floor, a bed or a chair, relax and breathe deeply. Rachael lists more ideas on her website.
Rachael sells the Pressure Pillow through her site for $20 and takes wholesale orders in sets of 10 for $149.95. It comes in at least eight colors and patterns, even a “Route 66” version.
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Rachael has offered one Pressure Pillow as a giveaway to Pilates-Pro.com readers. To enter, tell us here or on our Facebook page how you would use the Pressure Pillow. We’ll draw one winner on Monday, July 26.