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Standing Hamstring Stretch

Standing Hamstring Stretch – Reduce Back Pain by Stretching the back of the leg This hamstring stretch is perfect for all levels of flexibility and is generally easier to get into position than a similar stretch lying on your back. It’s easy to work into everyday life like…NOW! Stand up behind your chair as you […]

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Laterally Rotated Runner's Stretch

So many of us are tight in the hips! Tight inner thighs can also impede our ability to become more mobile and flexible in this area. Stretch both areas with this variation of a runner’s lunge and whichever one is tightest, that’s where you’ll feel it! The setup for this hip and inner thigh stretch […]

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Hip Flexor Stretch with Foam Roller

This intense hip flexor stretch is fabulous at getting deep into the hip flexors! It allows you to relax your leg into the stretch and get a deep hip flexor stretch with a straight and relaxed leg. A lot of the most common hip flexor stretches require knee bending and weight on one knee in […]

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Stability Ball Hamstring Curls

Let me start by saying that if you drop your hips during this exercise, it will be way less effective. More on that later, but first let’s talk about the setup. One rule of biomechanics is that the longer the lever, the more difficult the exercise. A great example of this is that pushups from […]

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Alignment – What is it?

What is Alignment: The definition of alignment is the arrangement of something in a straight line, or in correct or appropriate relative positions. Physical alignment is all about the placement of the bones of the body and their relationship to each other. Posture is a part of physical alignment. Most people consider posture to include […]

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Rolling Bridges

Create mobility AND strength in your back with this great exercise! Our clients not only tend to like the results of rolling bridges but they also tend to like the released feeling they feel in their backs as they do them! The biggest difference between a rolling bridge and a straight back bridge, which is […]

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Legs up the Wall Stretch

Relax while you stretch your hamstrings, inner thighs and back! This stretch is a fantastic way to work on your flexibility while relaxing (or chatting on the phone to your loved ones). All you need is bit of wall that is wide and tall enough for your legs to fit up and open on. This […]

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Follow Along: Breathing Exercise

Relax! Just breathe! Follow along for this relaxing set of breathing exercises that will help you learn to control your breath and relax tight back muscles! These exercises are used by Pilates instructors to help clients understand how they breathe and how to control their breath. In addition, our Pilates instructor uses them to help […]

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Flexibility v. Mobility

Mobility and Flexibility: Equally important. Not the same thing. While in some ways, these two things are compatible, they are not exactly the same thing. An individual can be flexible but immobile or can be very mobile but not very flexible. What are they? Flexibility refers to the elasticity of your muscles. Mobility, however, refers […]

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