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To Tuck or Not To Tuck When Lying On Your Stomach

 

I received a question the other day about positioning the spine and pelvis while on your stomach. Are we supposed to tuck under?

 

  • If you feel your lumbar spine shortening and compressing, then keep lengthening the tailbone, thighs and feet back towards your heels.
  • Be aware of how it feels...
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The Neutral Spine vs. The Imprinted Spine

 

Neutral versus Imprinted.  Which is better?  What’s the difference?  I get these questions all the time and in the video below I’ll show you why an imprinted spine is transitional towards our goal of a neutral, natural spine and why your abdominal wall plays a huge role...

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Enough Shoulders Down Already!

 

"Pull the shoulders away from the ears." 

I bet that was a good reminder for you, wasn't it? Most of us carry our shoulders as earrings. Yep guys, you too!

But if we think of the same cue over and over and over, we tend to shoot beyond the perfect position, and start overdoing it. Too much...

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Put Your Suspenders On

 

Pilates often uses images to explain a movement. Since our mind and our body are communicating, images often create a shortcut between the two.  

You might have heard the image of suspenders before. It can also be called "ribs to hips." I like using the cue "put your suspenders on" or...

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Understanding the Side Kick Series - Part 2: Movements of the Top Leg

 

If you've missed the first part of this series, you can find it here:

Side Kick Series: Part 1

After learning the most appropriate position for the side of your body that's touching the floor (bottom arm and leg), we will now look into the movements of the top leg.

The moving leg is the one that...

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Why You Have to Stop Counting Repetitions

One of the most common questions I hear over and over from clients is, "How many repetitions should I do of each exercise?"

At that point, I usually launch into a lengthy explanation of why I don't give a number. A part of the length of this explanation comes from my anticipating that someone...

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Improve Your Technique Of The Chest Lift

 

As you probably know, the Chest Lift is a foundational Pilates mat exercise, which is part of many other exercises as well, i.e. all exercises of the Stomach Series (Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch, etc.), as well as The Hundred (on the mat and the Reformer), Coordination, Backstroke...

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Understanding the Differences in Side Kick Series Variations

 

The Side Kick Series is a set of traditional Pilates exercises that improve core stability, spine stability and hip strength. There are many different version of it out there. In today's video I'd like to explain how and why they are different from one another. So, when you see the exercise done...

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Is Pilates Safe for Osteoporosis?

Let me start with a personal story. My mother had been diagnosed with osteoporosis a few years ago. She found out when her doctor detected a fracture in her sacrum.

Now you might think, “Oh that must hurt.” Well - not so much, actually. Many fractures, especially in the spine, are...

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Upper Extremity Integration with the Pedipole

 

Many people new to Pilates know that this method strengthens their core. They often don’t realize that Pilates looks at every body part from every direction. Pilates teachers often find it frustrating, that the method gets reduced to “just” core, when it can do so much more....

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