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Tag: healthy back
Plank and Pushup Position – Improve Your Scapula Placement
Good form leads to more effective exercise! Most people know what a plank or pushup position is. However, that doesn’t mean their form or alignment couldn’t use some improvement. Bad form in these exercises, regardless of what variations or modifications you are doing, is usually the cause of neck, shoulder and back pain in these […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Back Stretch – Forward Fold with Bent Knees
Stretch your back sitting or standing! (and get a hamstring bonus) This stretch is great because you can make it a back stretch by bending your knees, or a hamstring stretch by keeping your knees straight. If you go to a yoga class, this stretch is often done with both straight and bent knees in […]Read More
Side splits Stretch with Side Bend and Twist
Back, hamstrings and hips! Oh my! This is a great low back stretch while you’re seated on the floor that has an added hamstring, hip and side (lateral) stretch in it! Since your hamstrings, hips and low back are all related, stretching all three will help release whatever is tightest even more. Remember these key […]Read More
Back Stretch – Twists
Let’s do the twist to relieve back pain! Back twists are a great back stretch* and can be very relaxing (especially these ones as you are on your back the whole time)! Be sure to remember these tips as you do this stretch: Breathe! Focus your breath into the side that is stretching (the side […]Read More
Upper and Lower Ab workout
Join us on the mat for several progressions for strengthening your lower and upper abs. All of these position your neck safely and in a way that is comfortable for most. You might also love that these exercises are all SMALL and PRECISE movements. No need to sit up all the way, throw your legs […]Read More