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How Do I Stop My Students From Overworking Their Thighs and Hip Flexors in Knee Floats?

I received this question in one of my Live Q&A Calls:

Some of my mat class clients are fit and strong and have extremely tight hip flexors or work too little from their bottom, specifically in Knee Floats. They only feel their thigh muscles instead of the TA and bottom. I have the same...
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How to Climb Stairs Without Knee Pain

I bet most of us don’t really think about how we climb stairs. It is just another part of our daily routine like getting our coffee or checking email. Sadly, the way we climb stairs can actually throw off our body balance, create knee pain, and even back pain. 

I'll show you...

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How To Help Someone With Kyphosis?

Each month I host a Live Q&A Call in which I answer any of your Pilates-related questions. Here is a question from November 2020. 

How Do I Help Someone With Kyphosis in Prone Positions, Supine Curl-Up Positions, and The Mermaid? 

My question is about two of my clients in...

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How Do I Help Someone Do The Curl Up?

Women who've had C-sections are often not told by their doctor to rehabilitate their abdominals, which is unfortunate because they really need to. Here's a question that I received in one of my recent Live Q&A Calls and my answer:

Can you please talk about how to help...
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3 Reasons Why You Must Try The Pilates Konnector

I don't know about you, but when I look at a new piece of apparatus or prop, I can't really imagine what it would feel like using it. Some people can. Not me. Nope. I like to think I have other talents.  

For me to consider incorporating a new piece of apparatus into my teaching,...

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Pilates for Degenerative Disc Disease

If you or your student were diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you are probably wondering if Pilates is safe for DDD. Which Pilates exercises are good for me? Which exercises are contraindicated?

When the discs of our spine are healthy, they act as cushions and shock absorbers between...

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Pilates Exercises For Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

 

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue in the lower pelvic region. It acts as support of your inner organs, keeping them in place and helping them function properly.

The muscles of your pelvic floor - like any other muscle in the body - must have the...

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Tight Low Back? Try This Pilates Cadillac Exercise

Rather than asking who has experienced low back tightness before, I should really poll "who hasn't". Fewer virtual hands will go up. Muscle tightness or even spasm is, unfortunately, an all too common occurrence these days. It can come on suddenly and range from mild discomfort to severe...

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Pilates Exercises for Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti is a separation between the right and left halves of the rectus abdominals (the 6-pack) and a thinning and separating of the connective tissue in between. This can create a "pooch" effect and reduced strength in the trunk.

This condition is very common among postnatal...

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Pilates Exercises for Low Bone Density

Many people are nervous to get started with exercise after finding out they have low bone density. They may worry that putting their body under stress will cause an injury. Rest assured that exercising- with a few guidelines in mind- can actually decrease your risk of bone fracture. And with...

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