Pilates: Hip Abduction

By Denise Vidal The relationship between the thigh bone and the hip socket is known as a ball and socket joint. A ball and socket joint is different than other joints in the body in that it allows movement in all different directions. For example, unlike the hinge joint of the knee, which moves predominantly forward and backward, …

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Pilates: Building to Downward Dog

By Denise Vidal So far in our Pilates blogs we have built a solid foundation of exercises by exploring fundamental joint movements in relationship to our breath and core support. In this blog, we will attempt to apply what we have learned to a more challenging movement called downward dog. Downward dog is a movement …

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Pilates: Scapular Mobility

By Denise Vidal In the last blog, we demonstrated how core strength can be supported through the shoulder girdle's connection to the ribcage. We did this by exploring motions called protraction and retraction, that is the shoulder blades' moving toward and away from each other along the ribcage. In this blog, we are going to …

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Pilates: Footwork

This week's blog is taking a cue from Beyond Basics's move into their beautiful new space, and PT Riva Preil's recent blog on squatting. We have all heard the instruction to "lift with your legs and not with your back." However, without proper hip joint mechanics, differentiating your back from your legs may not be …

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