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1 Dec 2016

THE NEW RULES OF SPINAL EXTENSION By Shari Berkowitz

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What is spinal extension? In the world of biomechanics, spinal extension is returning your spine upright after being in spinal flexion (rounded forward). That means back to your “natural curves.” However, in Pilates, we speak of extension as a backbend. For the sake of this article, let’s use this Pilates interpretation. Flexion is where inward curves round outward, and all curves match in degree of curvature relative to the natural outward curve of the thoracic (mid) spine. Therefore, extension is the direct opposite: where outward curves curve inward matching the degree of curvature relative to the natural inward curve of the lumbar spine (lower back).

Nov 18 Fri

18 Nov 2016

What is a Functional Diastasis?

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Through increased awareness and education, Diastasis Rectus Abdominis, or DRA, is becoming a more widely recognized and treated condition. DRA is a condition in which the linea alba thins and there appears to be a gap between the left and right sides of the rectus abdominis muscles (Read more here). Pilates teachers are perfectly poised to identify this condition and design appropriate workouts for clients who have DRA that at best, will not worsen the diastasis, and at best, will improve it.

Nov 18 Fri

18 Nov 2016

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

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Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real. Studies have found, for example, that breathing practices can help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and attention deficit disorder.

Aug 26 Fri

26 Aug 2016

6 Pilates Moves to Try if You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis

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Could Pilates, the body-conditioning program created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, help you manage the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)?

The answer may be, “Yes.”

Regular exercise and proper posture are key recommendations for people with AS, according to the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA). Pilates can help with that — and more. “Pilates is a movement system designed to promote strength and flexibility through spinal articulation, proper breathing, alignment, focus, concentration, and control via training the body’s core musculature,” explains Shannon Foley, PT, CPT, owner of EnCore Pilates in Gainesville, Florida, and a physical therapist and Pilates instructor who has worked with people with the condition.

Jul 14 Thu

14 Jul 2016

Pilates for Parkinson’s gives patients hope

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“I think it helps you become more coordinated and balanced,” said Tubergen at a recent class at Community Hospital West’s Healthplex. “You’re never going to cure it this way, but it’s going to be helpful.”

So two days a week, he meets with class instructor Meggan Breen. She uses Pilates reformers to strengthen Tubergen’s core muscles and she believes he’s made progress.

May 11 Wed

11 May 2016

A randomized controlled study investigating static and dynamic balance in older adults after training with Pilates.

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Although there were no significant between-group differences, participation in the Pilates component of the study led to improved static and dynamic balance. The absence of differences between conditions may be a result of small sample size or the crossover study design because Pilates may produce neuromuscular adaptations of unknown resilience.

Feb 10 Wed

10 Feb 2016

An Analysis of Muscle Activities of Healthy Women during Pilates Exercises in a Prone Position

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The spine plays a crucial role in reducing the stress delivered to each segment when a person moves and balances the shearing forces that occur between spinal segments. It has been reported that strengthening the upper and lower extremities enables efficient functioning of the lumbar region, and strengthening the lumbar region enables efficient functioning of the upper and lower extremities

Jan 28 Thu

28 Jan 2016

COMMON MOVEMENT BLIND SPOT #1: THE RIB CAGE & PELVIS CONNECTION Jenni Rawlings

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'If your muscles are properly balanced, you aren’t going to create wear and tear of your joints that lead you down a road full of pain, arthritis, injuries, tears, surgeries, physical therapy, or worst case, not being able to do your favorite activities ever again.’

Jan 28 Thu

28 Jan 2016

The Sacroiliac Struggle by Erik Dalton, Ph.D.

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With failed ligaments, the job falls to the muscles around the pelvis and spine. They are ill suited to that task as they are designed to move rather than support. Sustained hypercontracted muscles impair circulation allowing waste products and inflammatory pain producing chemicals to excite the pain receptors. Normal movement is limited and the cycle of pain, muscle spasm, motion restriction is initiated and perpetuated, establishing myofascial pain syndromes.

Dec 02 Wed

2 Dec 2015

Why Pilates is Perfect for Older Women

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Since the 1990s, the popularity of Pilates has skyrocketed. Its rise is largely due to its ability to be practiced almost anywhere… and by almost anyone! Visits to the gym could almost be obsolete as many opt to take their exercise routine to the living room, bedroom or even poolside. Here are some reasons Pilates is the answer to most fitness over 60 concerns.