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Why Am I So Stiff In The Morning?

Like the Tin Man, many of us shuffle out of bed in the morning looking for the nearest can of oil to get the body moving. A cup of coffee and a hot shower usually do the trick but an occasional body part can be stubborn with pain and stiffness lasting for hours. And if […]

Workshop Series: Pilates & Yoga for Healthy Hips – Anterior Glide Syndrome

The hips are said to be the seat of our emotions – that we carry unresolved emotional trauma in the pelvis. I don’t know if that’s exactly true but our hips certainly aren’t allowed to play much. Our modern lifestyle favors a seated position with legs crossed or at least tightly adducted – rarely do […]

Workshop Series: Pilates & Yoga for Healthy Shoulders – Impingement Syndrome

Ask where most people feel pain, discomfort or stress in their body and the shoulders are sure to come up. Anatomically remarkable, the shoulder girdle performs an amazing array of movements from rocking a new born baby to swimming to throwing a fast ball over a hundred miles an hour. But this flexibility comes at […]

Pilates helps chronic low back pain

If you have a chronic stiff and achy back, it is highly likely that pilates exercise will help. If back pain limits you from playing the sports you love (like golf), pilates exercise will allow you to play harder and longer. If your chronic pain is due to specific medical diagnoses such as herniated discs […]

Back Pain and the Multifidus

If you’ve ever had physical therapy for back pain, you know the “bird dog” exercise. The one where you kneel on all fours and extend opposite arm and leg. A superb exercise and one we use in the Studio frequently to prevent low back pain. One of the muscles targeted in this exercise is the […]

Frozen Shoulders and Pilates

When you hear the words “frozen shoulder”, it’s tempting to think of a shoulder that doesn’t move at all. But the more usual picture is a shoulder with restricted range of motion associated with pain and stiffness. This condition is extremely disabling. In most cases, it is difficult to reach the hand to the head, […]

Oh My Aching Back

It seems the holiday season brings out the worst in our bodies. It’s too easy to overindulge by eating too much, drinking too much and skimping on sleep & exercise. One false move and we end up with an aching back. Low back pain is extremely common in the US. It can be the result […]

Pilates and Shoulder Health

Do you grab your shoulder every time you throw a ball? Or wince when you have to reach above your head? If so, the rotator cuff muscles in your shoulder may need some work. A healthy rotator cuff will keep your shoulders moving freely without pain or stiffness.

Pilates Improves Posture

Good posture looks healthy and confident on the outside - and feels free of pain and stiffness on the inside. In anatomical terms, good posture results from strengthening, lengthening and balancing opposing muscle groups to maintain biomechanical efficiency.

Pilates Relieves Back Pain

A research article published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy showed that Pilates-based therapeutic exercise significantly decreased pain and disability in patients with chronic low back pain (J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2006; 36:472-484).