Pilates for Chronic Low Back Pain

Pilates for Chronic Low Back Pain

As Pilates instructors, we have all encountered individuals who suffer from back pain. Back pain is ubiquitous – 8/10 people will experience it in their lifetime.   It has significant financial costs and is challenging for conventional healthcare to treat. Pilates is an excellent modality to combat back pain.  The slow pace of the exercises, the emphasis on proper breathing and the focus on alignment make Pilates a practice that is both therapeutic and strengthening in design. Pilates for Relief The routine presented is made up of Classic Pilates exercises with modifications as well as simple stretches.  They will not only help during an acute exacerbation but can also reduce the likelihood of the pain becoming a chronic... Continue ...

Posted on November 1, 2011 By

Pilates in Costa Rica

Pilates in Costa Rica

It wasn’t but a couple weeks after the Pilates Roundtable in West Palm Beach, that I booked a flight for Costa Rica. The three week trip was part of my plan to decompress and take some time off for the summer. I enrolled myself in a Surf, Photography and Spanish program through School of the World in Jaco (one of the more popular beaches located in Central Pacific Coast). There I planned on brushing up on my picture taking skills, learning to surf and perfecting my Spanish accent. I checked one bag on the plane and boarded feeling a sense of wonderful learning opportunities in the horizon. I arrived 4 days early prior to my “lessons” starting as a way to scope out the scene. That’s when I took a day trip to the nearby... Continue ...

Posted on December 29, 2009 By

Pilates and Rolfing

Pilates and Rolfing

Pilates and Rolfing are made for one another. They can interact synergistically to create profound change in the body and mind – in how we relate to ourselves and how we relate to the world around us. They both speak to many of the same aspects of living an embodied life: breath, strength, freedom, coordination, intention, and awareness to name a few. In the hands of a skilled Rolfer™, Pilates clients can deepen their understanding of the possibilities of the form and of their own bodies. What is Rolfing? As with Pilates, there are many misconceptions out there about what the work really is (“You know, Pilates, that super-intense ab workout on medieval torture machines.”) Despite what you may have heard, Rolfing is... Continue ...

Posted on August 4, 2009 By

Pilates, Psoas & Back Pain

Pilates, Psoas & Back Pain

Relieving pain is one of the many benefits offered by Pilates, getting to know the core PSOAS (pronounced so-as) and its role in back pain relief can further help resolve those longstanding issues. Spanning from solar plexus to inner thigh your psoas is deep within the belly core; behind the abdominal muscles, it provides a muscular shelf that supports all the organs. With every walking step, the healthy psoas provides an on-going internal massage. Attaching to each of the lumbar vertebrae and crossing over each hip socket this dynamic bio-intelligent tissue is the only muscle to link spine to legs. Like a pendulum it frees the leg for walking. A healthy psoas is always released and responsive for movement. As part of... Continue ...

Posted on December 8, 2008 By

The New Pilates ARC from Balanced Body aka “The Abdominal Killer Machine”

The New Pilates ARC from Balanced Body aka “The Abdominal Killer Machine”

At first sight this new toy looks like a high density foam roller that has some nice curves. After taking a class with Nora St John, Program Director for Balanced Body University at the most recent Pilates on Tour in Minneapolis, I love this thing! First of all it is so light (3.75 lbs.) you can pick it up with one hand. That feature is very different from my beautiful wood and upholstered and very heavy spine corrector that resides under my trap table. The price is nice too; $159 for the Pilates ARC vs. $310 for the heavier version. The asymmetrical design with a gentle curve on one side and a steeper curve on the other makes it more comfortable for different body types. The step is detachable therefore making spine extension... Continue ...

Posted on November 26, 2008 By

Leg Pull Front Pilates Exercise Video

Leg Pull Front Pilates Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Leg Pull Front Pilates exercise. This is a great exercise for scapular and hip stabilization. It is an intense exercise that is good for athletes or your advanced client. Leg Pull Front targets the transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, obliques to prevent rotation, hip extensors, pectorals and the scapula stabilizers. Focus on keeping the pelvis still, and avoid rotating, sinking or lifting the hips. Stay wide across the shoulders and work to stabilize the scapulae, keeping tension out of the neck and shoulders. Keep the cervical spine neutral, without extending or dropping the head. Modifications include starting with the Leg Pull Front prep, with both knees on the floor. Lift both knees... Continue ...

Posted on November 6, 2008 By

Serratus Exercise Video

Serratus Exercise Video

This video illustrates the serratus exercise on the foam roller. The serratus exercise on the foam roller targets the back extensors, the serratus to maintain scapular stabilization, transversus abdominus, rectus abdominus and obliques. Focus on pulling elbows toward ribcage, preventing overextension of the thoracic and lumbar spine. As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any exercise program. If you should experience any pain or discomfort, please discontinue the exercise and consult your doctor immediately. AKPC_IDS += "194,"; Continue ...

Posted on October 7, 2008 By

Swan with Foam Roller Exercise

Swan with Foam Roller Exercise

This video illustrates the Swan on the Foam Roller exercise. This is a great exercise for extension. Form is extremely important on this exercise. Swan on the Foam Roller targets the back extensors, transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, obliques, and the scapula stabilizers. Focus on maintaining cervical and thoracic alignment. Stabilize the scapulae throughout the movement and avoid sinking into the shoulders. Maintain abdominal engagement throughout the exercise to support the lumbar spine and prevent the lumbar from overextending. To modify this exercise, lift the upper body only as far as abdominal support can be maintained. As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting... Continue ...

Posted on September 15, 2008 By

Postnatal health with Pilates

Postnatal health with Pilates

After having a baby, mommies are consumed with overwhelming emotions, thoughts, baby duties, fatigue and as always, trying to find time for mommy. We all know we are better mothers if we take time to exercise and take care of our health. It seems impossible at times, but small things make a world of difference. As a working mother of a 3 year old, I know it is difficult, but balance is important. When I take time to exercise, eat healthy and find extra sleep, my world is unbelievably different than when I don’t. When I say Postnatal Pilates, I am talking to all mothers. Many of these tips are important for those of us with new babies, but much of this applies to mothers with big boys and girls as well. Before beginning... Continue ...

Posted on September 9, 2008 By

Pilates Spine Stretch Forward Exercise Video

Pilates Spine Stretch Forward Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Spine Stretch Forward exercise. This exercise is very good for articulation of the spine. Spine Stretch Forward targets the transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis and obliques to flex forward, and the erector spinae to extend the spine as you return to a long, neutral spine. Focus on articulating the spine and keeping the transversus abdominis engaged throughout the exercise. Keep the chin away from the chest and keep the pelvis vertical. You want to feel as if you are rounding over a ball, not lying over your legs. Modifications include sitting on a pad to release tightness in hamstrings, low back or hip flexors. Sit against a wall to better feel the articulation as you peel off the wall... Continue ...

Posted on September 2, 2008 By

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