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, 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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Pilates with Kierstin! Bridges with Stability Ball

Kierstin Elliot Exercise: Bridges with Stability Ball Set Up: Lie on your back with knees bent, with left foot flat on the mat, and stability ball under the right foot. Arms resting by your sides. Neutral pelvis. Execution: Inhale to prep. Exhale to lift pelvis off the mat into bridge position while pressing left foot …

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Pilates with Kierstin! Slingshot Lunges on the Reformer

Just in time for your New Year’s Resolutions, here’s another awesome exercise from Kierstin Elliot, Pilates Teacher at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy! Goal: Strengthen the glutes and balance  Exercise: Slingshot Lunges on the Reformer Set Up: Standing on the floor with right foot near foot bar and left foot against the shoulder rest. Keep left …

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Pilates and the Pelvic Floor

  Kierstin Elliott, Pilates Instructor at BBPT Breath. Breath is the common denominator for understanding how pilates can enhance the pelvic floor’s function. Reciprocally, using your pelvic floor correctly can deepen your connection to your pilates practice. Let’s take a look at how to optimize your breath in the first place. A deep, three dimensional …

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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

By: Kaitlyn Parrotte, PT, DPT, OCS, CFMT What is the sacroiliac joint? You’ve probably heard of SI pain, but what is the SIJ and what can we do if something goes wrong? The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) connects the sacrum, the wedge-shaped bone at the bottom of the spine, to the ilium, which is one of …

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Pilates Blog: Centering

Denise Small, PT, DPT In today's Pilates blog, we are going to discuss the basic principle of Centering.  Pilates used the word centering to refer to the “core” musculature.  He believed that all movements should radiate out of the core for maximum stability.  There is a lot of use of the word “core” in exercise …

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PT In-Service: Alignment and Core Exercises

By Amy Stein Our famous Dania Kafka, who is an amazing physical therapist and Pilates instructor, recently discussed alignment, posture and core exercises correctly at our latest PT In-Service. She helped us with proper cueing because we don't want pelvic pain patients to utilize the pelvic floor muscles, or limit their use, with any core …

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