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Your Abdominals & Spontaneous Contraction of the Pelvic Floor

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The Pelvic Floor engages spontaneously through our spinal cord reflex which is 5x faster than verbal cueing, improving our efficiency of movement.

Brent Anderson, a presenter from this last month’s Pilates on Tour, inspired this newsletter as he recently shared his six-year study of the Pelvic Floor abdominals and how they engage spontaneously… Read More »


All About That Base… Pilates for Your Backside

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Please forgive, as I am about to share something that may shock and appall: Getting lifted, strong buttocks / bottom doesn’t come from what you may think it does. It 100% does not come from squeezing your seat, buns, butt, or buttocks.
Why? Because it doesn’t work. Sorry.
The glutes stabilize your pelvis, allowing you to stand, hinge over from the hips, and move you forward as in walking, hiking, biking etc…so there are many reasons to want strong…

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FINISH IT STRONGLY

The most important repetition…

Which is the most important repetition? The first? The last?

Well, I guess the perfect answer is: All of them are equally important. However, this month I want to discuss the one that everyone dismisses. Perhaps the most important…especially this time of year….

The Last Repetition. The Final Repetition.

Yes. That final repetition in your set. You do eight, sometimes ten repetitions. What happens to that final repetition? Often times…it fades off into nothing-ness.. It gets lost like the…

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Pilates: Effective for Injury Rehabilitation

Most people are now familiar with Pilates as the market has matured..though it is still is one of the fastest growing exercises.
Many have experienced the physical fitness benefits of Pilates – added strength, length, and agility that it provides. But few know that Pilates is rapidly rising in another area – rehabilitation from injury.

The Culprit: Muscle Imbalances
Some of my clients have experienced injuries this Fall not due to muscular imbalances (though we all have some imbalances…) but rather due…

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Proprioception – Knowing where you are in space.

Many studios have a lot of mirrors…mine does not and here’s why…your pilates class or experience will be very different if you’re looking at yourself in the mirror versus coming inside and listening to the cues your instructor is providing either to re-align you or to just move you!

If there is a mirror in a studio – in a pilates, yoga or spin class….I will admit aside from seeing my posture/alignment …I will be looking at my roots! …

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