Saggy Jeans and Tailfeathers: How Your Pelvic Positioning Affects Your Body

Joanna Hess PT, DPT, PRC, WCS Wait! Marie Kondo has you throwing out your favorite jeans because the joyless saggy bottoms that your tushy cannot manage to fill out? We are seeing an epidemic flat butt among mamas, plumbers, barre fanatics, and office workers—all with strangely similar symptoms—pelvic floor dysfunction, low back and sacroiliac pain, and …

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Pilates with Kierstin: The Plank

Kierstin Elliott, Pilates Rehab Specialist Exercise: Plank Set Up: Start on all fours with the shoulders stacked on top of wrists, lats engaged, collar bones broad, and chin slightly tucked to create length through the back of the neck. Execution: Inhale to prep, exhale to extend one leg at a time back into a full …

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Pilates with Kiertsin! The Saw

Kierstin Elliott, Pilates Rehab Specialist Exercise: Saw Set Up: Seated with legs extended mat distance apart and arms extended out to the side. Execution: Inhale to prep, exhale to rotate torso right as you flex forward (nose toward knee) reaching your left hand toward the outside of the right foot. Reach the pinky finger to …

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Pilates with Kierstin! Thoracic Mobility

Kierstin Elliott Exercise: Thoracic Mobility Set Up: Set up your foam roller vertically (so it runs up and down your spine). Sit on a mat with the end of the foam roller placed right between the bottom tips of your shoulder blades. Lean back into the roller with arms stretched back so hands are gently …

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How to Start a New Exercise Program When You’re Feeling Intimidated

How to Start a New Exercise Program When You’re Feeling Intimidated Kierstin Elliott Maybe you were an avid gym-goer, cross fitter, or yogi and then you got injured. Or maybe fitness has never been a part of your life, but now your doctor or PT has told you that a fitness regimen is necessary in …

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Pilates with Kierstin! Scissor Kicks

Kierstin Elliott Exercise: Scissor Kicks Set Up: Lying supine on the mat, press your back into the mat, legs in table top with hands behind the head. Execution: Inhale to prep, exhale to curl head to your chest, neck and shoulders off the mat driving your naval closer to spine. Inhale to extend your right …

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Pilates with Kierstin! Split Lunges

Kierstin Elliott Exercise: Split Lunges Set Up: Stand with right foot in front and left in back, hip distance apart. Pelvis should be square to the front. Weight is primarily in the front foot while the back heel is lifted acting as a kickstand. Hinge forward from the hips slightly to maintain neutral pelvis. Execution: …

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Pilates with Kierstin! Abdominal Bracing

Kierstin Elliott, Pilates Instructor   What is it? Abdominal bracing is an activation of the core muscles that help provide support and stability for your trunk. This brace is commonly called upon in almost every single Pilates exercise and is essential for building tone within the deep and superficial layers of the core. Let me …

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Pilates, Moving from Injury Back to Peak performance

Julia Rosenthal PT, DPT As an avid high intensity exerciser, I am always looking to push myself in my workouts. When pain gets in the way of my progress, it can be extremely frustrating. For years, I have been struggling with chronic hip and sacroiliac joint (low back) pain. These symptoms intensified about two and …

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The Benefits of Pilates While Healing Diastasis Recti

Kierstin Elliot Almost all postpartum women experience some degree of diastasis recti, or separation of the rectus abdominis or 6 pack muscles. Think about it, your abdomen is stretching continuously for a solid nine months! Something's got to give. The linea alba (line of connective tissue that splits your rectus abdominus right down the middle) …

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