Tips for Home Workouts
Navigating virtual workouts so that they work for you can be a challenge. Tips to improve your home workout experience whether in a virtual Pilates class or other fitness options.
Tight Hip Flexors? Tips to manage a Pilates Mat Class.
Pilates Mat classes focus on core strength but for some, the work is felt in the hip flexor muscles instead. Simple tips to improve muscle balance can help shift the work back to the abdominals.
Stretching: Helpful or harmful?
Multiple studies have indicated negative effects from stretching regimes including a loss of strength and a greater chance of injury. Adjusting your stretching regime may help you gain mobility without a loss of power.
The Challenge of Verbal Editing
“See all. Ignore most. Correct the essential.”
This Eric Franklin quote highlights the challenge we face as teachers in deciding when to correct and when it’s more powerful and positive to pass. It’s not about the cue it’s about the result.
The Pilates Process™ Approach
Teacher training: Adapting Pilates to the person, not the person to Pilates. With the Pilates Process™ approach our concern isn’t that the client performs Pilates well, though that will eventually happen over time. Our aim is that Pilates serves the client well...
Moving Beyond the Kegel – A Pelvic Floor Workshop
This workshop is for everyone! Learn or brush up on basic pelvic anatomy, understand how the pelvic floor coordinates with the rest of the body, and integrate this understanding into your movement practice. Moving Beyond the Kegel A PELVIC FLOOR WORKSHOP w/...
Could Your Core Strengthening Exercises Be Making Your Back Pain Worse?
Core exercises are often prescribed for chronic low back pain. Core strength and core stability exercises are different. Know which exercises and cues work for you.
Transitioning to Barefoot Shoes
A personal success story. I continue my year long obsession with all things feet, from healthy mechanics and strengthening to looking at our footwear choices and the impact they have on our health. Here I’ll share with you a specific case study, an example of a...
Is Your Supportive Footwear Hurting Your Feet?
I’m not shocked by beautiful high heel shoes or men’s slick narrow dress shoes and the compromises they make to our feet. We are all fully aware, while we’re squishing our foot into a narrow stiletto, that it’s not contributing to healthy body mechanics. It...
Why Rotator Cuff Exercises Won’t Fix Your Shoulder Pain
In support of a broader approach to rehab. The days of simple localized rehab are coming to an end. As Pilates teachers we see a lot of clients who are recovering from soft tissue injuries like tendonitis or bursitis. These clients have usually completed physiotherapy...
Breaking the Back Pain Cycle
How you manage an episode of acute low back pain can determine whether your pain becomes chronic. Gone are the days of rest and ice as research clarifies that movement and mindset are critical to long term recovery.
Move Like Your Life Depends On It.
The research is loud and clear.
Sitting is the new smoking.
You’ve heard this line before, and it’s not just another passing trend.
If we want to improve health on all levels or increase our chances of aging well and living longer,
we have to ….
When Deep Breathing Becomes a Pain In The Neck
When we feel stress rising, and start to sense pain, headaches or tension, connecting with our breath can be an effective tool. As something we do over 20,000 times per day, breathing is worth some consideration.
Common Cues We Should Question
Cues and images are very personal. Pilates teachers can offer a cue to a group class and get 5 different responses as to how that cue is embodied. The direction to simply “Stand Up Tall” can illicit a variety of responses from improving posture and alignment, to worsening posture and tension levels and adding excess neck strain…
Clamshells: What are they good for?
If you’ve ever sought help for hip or knee pain, patella femoral syndrome, or a chronically tight Ilio-Tibial (IT) Band, chances are you’ve been given the clamshell exercise…
The Pilates Process™ method offers a refined approach to Pilates, adaptable for all ranges of fitness and injury. Our method incorporates current scientific research on biomechanics and core stability.
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