General low-back tension is quite common in our chair-loving culture.
What’s the connection between low-back tension and sitting in a chair? View full article »
Ohhhh, you’re so going to love this pre-Pilates Fascia Stretch routine. My friend Frank Zito posted it and I immediately knew all of my clients would love it. Rather than have me re-video it, take a look at Frank performing it here. Thanks, Frank, it’s yummy!
This one is for my clients who are on holiday hiatus! If Mermaid on the reformer is one of your favorite Pilates stretches, you’re going to love Mermaid Spiral on the mat. View full article »
Oh, Squishy Ball, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…. The Squishy Ball exercises we do at Effortless Movement are based on Joe’s arc barrel and spine corrector exercises. They are awesome for working your entire abdominal wall, lengthening the legs, and getting control over your ribcage. (I just taught a private session the other day where we addressed the relationship between your ribcage and the rest of your posture — it’s all connected, folks!)
This series is for my ongoing Group Equipment class peeps — homework for Thanksgiving week! Feel free to ask me for pointers in class, as this post isn’t meant to be a complete online tutorial.
Of course I think my squishy ball is the best, but really, use what you have! Got another brand of 9″ squsihy ball? Use it! No ball available? Roll up a large towel to create a 9″ lift for your hips — or just grab a thick pillow off your couch. I would avoid using anything too hard though, so please no hard rollers, basketballs, weighted gym balls.