Pilates with Kierstin! Kneeling Side Twist

Kierstin Elliot Exercise: Kneeling Side Twist Set Up: Kneel on the reformer facing either right or left side of the room with a strap held in both hands. Hands should be directly in front of the sternum, and arms rounded as if holding a big beach ball. Shoulders relaxed, lats slightly engaged, lower abs lifting …

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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 Move of The Month with Kierstin! Lat Pull and Triceps

Kierstin Elliot Goal: To IMPROVE Posture! Exercise: Lat Pulls and Triceps Set up: Lie facedown on the box with naval pulled up towards the spine, chin tucked in with neck lengthened (as if you are holding a tangerine under your chin), glutes engaged, and legs extended. Pull yourself to back bars of the reformer and …

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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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Pilates Tip: Supine Toe Taps

Kierstin Elliot, Pilates Instructor, BBPT Exercise: Supine Toe Taps Set up: Lying on back, imprint spine, legs in table top, arms resting by sides. Execution: Inhale to start, exhale to hinge right leg down towards floor (about 45 degrees from hip) and then return back to table top. Repeat on left side, alternating for 8-10 …

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Pilates Versus Yoga

Pilates vs. Yoga Kierstin Elliott, Certified in Stott Pilates As a pilates instructor, I am often asked the question, “How is pilates different from yoga?” Although there are many similarities between the two practices, such as developing strength and flexibility, the differences are quite substantial. Yoga is an ancient practice that has long been established …

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Pilates Blog: Balanced Muscle Development

Denise Small  PT, DPT In today’s Pilates’s blog, we will discuss another of the eight movement principles, Balanced Muscle Development. Using the example of the Pilates swan, we can see how both the front and back of the body are benefitting from the movement.  As we inhale and move our spines into extension, the back …

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Pilates Blog – Concentration

Denise Small, DPT Every Wednesday the PTs at Beyond Basics are fortunate enough to listen to lectures from medical professionals who specialize in pelvic pain.  One of my favorite lectures was given by Melissa Farmer, PhD,  a clinical psychologist who specializes in how the brain changes overtime in response to chronic pain.  Melissa spoke about …

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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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Join Denise Small PT, DPT on July 6th for a Free Pilates Class

Fiona McMahon, PT, DPT Denise has not 1 but 2 hats here at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy. Not only is she a Doctor of Physical Therapy, specializing in functional manual therapy, orthopedics and pelvic floor conditions, she is also a certified Pilates instructor. Through the years she has worked to combine her passions to produce …

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