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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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Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Warm, delicious and nutritious! This recipe was provided by our Pilates Instructor’s Mom, Karen. A Birkner family favorite is now a Kelzer family favorite! Like most squash recipes, it takes a little time to prepare, but it is simple and delicious. This recipe also freezes beautifully so you can make a large batch and have […]

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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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Inner Thigh Lifts

Strengthen your inner thighs with this low impact exercise! This exercise is excellent at building inner thigh strength. Inner thigh strength is essential for keeping the head of the femur in the hip socket. It is also very helpful if you are twisted one way or the other in the hips to help stabilize your […]

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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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Mini Swans/Cobra – Exercise to Improve Posture

Improve your posture; build upper back strength; improve your scapular stability; reduce neck and shoulder pain; reduce widows stoop…This exercise has SO many benefits! This exercise it great, when it is done correctly. Frequently, people do this exercise using their traps (upper shoulders) and hang into their low backs which destroys all the benefits of […]

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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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