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Happier Wrists by Using a Wedge in Mat Exercises

 

When I first began building upper body strength I practiced all weight bearing exercises, such as plank, leg pull, push ups etc. with the wedge. Now that my arms and shoulders are strong enough, they hold my body weight up and there is less weight and pressure on my wrists. I don’t...

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External Hip Rotation Exercises

This list includes exercises that improve external rotation of the hip joint either by lengthening the internal rotators or by strengthening the external rotators.

Trapeze Table
  • Hip Opener
  • Side Lying Leg Springs: Passé
Reformer
  • Thighs in Straps (springs assist external rotation and...
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Why It's Okay To Be Comfortable During A Pilates Session

Imagine you didn't have to work (out) hard? 

Imagine all you needed to get fit was to pay attention? 

You don't think that's possible?

It's difficult to believe, because you've probably never experienced it first hand.

I could write for days about the benefits of Pilates, but you are...

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Studio Spotlight: The Pilates Studio in Hadley, MA

This is the first of hopefully many more logs of my experiences at the Pilates studios I’m visiting. I’ve always enjoyed traveling and after spending the last 7 years in New Hampshire opening and growing my own Pilates studio, I’m ready to hit the road again.

My experience...

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Correcting the Supine Spine Twist

Q: I have a question about the Supine Spine Twist. When the student has rotated her hips to one side and the opposite shoulder is lifting off the mat, should I correct the shoulder? Is it better to use a verbal or tactile cue?

A: Excellent question! Before I give you the answer, I’m going...

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Hip-width apart or fist-width apart

Q: I noticed that some teachers are now cueing to keep the feet “one fist-width apart” instead of “hip-width apart”. Why is that?

A: Great observation!

Have you noticed what happens when you tell your students to “place their feet hip-width apart”? I encourage...

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How Do I Keep Track of Repetitions During Teaching

Q: I'm having a hard time figuring out how long to teach a movement. Should I mentally count how many times the class has done the exercise? Shall I count repetitions, watch the clock, or observe how everyone is moving?

A: I bet you know the answer to this yourself. I'll give you a moment to read...

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How Can I Stop Flaring My Ribs

Q: I have a hard time pulling my ribs in. I love to flare them. How do I overcome this? How do I help my students to keep their ribs down?

A: Let's look at a little bit of anatomy first. Which muscles attach to the rib arch? Internal obliques, external obliques, rectus abdominis and the...

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Arthritis versus Osteoporosis

Q: I know arthritis is not the same as osteoporosis, but it does affect the joints. Would flexion and/or extension be limited for someone with arthritis? Perhaps should I suggest they take a Buff Bones class?

A: Arthritis is in fact different from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis means that bone...

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How To Deal With Joint Replacements In a Pilates Class

Q: If someone comes to my class with a hip or a knee replacement, and I don't feel like I have all the knowledge to keep them safe, would it be unreasonable to ask for a doctor’s note before starting a Pilates program? I personally would suggest training with someone with more experience.

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