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Abs vs. Thighs: Which Muscles Are Really Working To Strengthen Your Core?

This article is part 1 of a 6-part series with tips to improve Pilates technique, increase effective Abdominal Strength, reduce overuse of gripping hip flexors, and improve functional mobility of the spine, pelvis, and legs. When you do a sit-up,  Pilates Roll Up, Neck Pull, or Teaser, or even during the Ab Series of 5 […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Pilates Training Tips: Prepartory Exercises for Side Plank

Here are some Pilates training tips and preparatory exercises for safe shoulders and a strong core for success with Side Plank  in an Advanced Pilates Mat workout. In Pilates Matwork the Side Plank exercise is a part of a higher intermediate or advanced workout.  In Joseph Pilates’ book Return to Life, Joe calls this exercise […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Reduce Neck Pain and Improve Functional Movement: The Benefits of Exercising the Tongue During Pilates Exercises

Have you ever thought about what your tongue is doing during exercise?  Do you realize that what your tongue is doing in your mouth can really make a difference for improving Pilates exercise technique, reducing neck tension and neck pain, and improving functional movement? If you or your Pilates clients are interested in:  Better breathing […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Pilates Exercise Tips for Functional Movement of the Upper Torso & Spine

Gaining a Deeper Perspective on the Details of Moving the Upper Body for Improved Flexion & Extension – Arms, Shoulders, Ribs, and Spine I love those days when I’m teaching along and decide to pick just a little bit more on a piece of an exercise.  Seems like once I get rolling, I quickly see […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Pilates Matwork Exercise Tips: Slow Swimming to Improve Hip Extension and Back Strength

Swimming is a lot of fun in a pool, and a little more of a challenge out of the water on the mat in Pilates class.  But practicing this exercise on the mat can really help improve strength in the back of the whole body from your arms, shoulders, and upper back, through the lower […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips, Videos.

Shoulder Exercise to Strengthen the Lower Trapezius for Healthy Shoulders: Diamond Down

Posted a blog recently on the topic of strong and healthy shoulders, but I just uploaded a video to demonstrate my easy “diamond down” exercise to help strengthen the lower fibers of the trapezius muscle to help improve shoulder mechanics and reduce neck and shoulder tension.  Hope you enjoy this quick shoulder exercise tip!

Posted by Aliesa George in Exercise and Fitness, Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips, Videos.

Pilates Exercise Tips for Strong and Healthy Shoulders

Have you ever injured your arms and shoulders? Do carry stress and tension in your neck, upper back? Do you ever notice your shoulders hiked up around your ears? It’s not surprising that so many people these days experience one, or all of these shoulder issues.  To maintain our erect human posture we have two […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Improving Abdominal Strength & Spine Articulation – Pilates Fitness Tips

The Benefits of Adding Pulsing to Pilates Exercises It’s always a challenge to get a better Roll Up, Neck Pull, and Teaser, or Short Box Round on the Reformer with the full backbend and up.  Here are a few tips and thoughts to add a little extra to your Ab work and improve articulation so […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Helpful Tips To Improve Pilates Exercises

Discover helpful tips and strategies for getting the most from your Pilates exercises to improve your ability to bend and articulate every segment of the back smoothly and easily. I’ve been on a rant the last couple of weeks with my Pilates clients with the goal of helping them to improve their 100’s curl, as […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.

Six Easy Ways to Reduce Neck Tension during Pilates Exercise with Better Breathing Habits

I’ve seemed to have a flurry of issues with Pilates clients lately who are dealing with neck pain. And with the Optic Neuritis that I’ve been dealing with for the past 6 months, the tension in my neck has been an issue too!  Whether we end up with increased neck pain from an accident, injury, […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Breathing, Pilates Exercises, Techniques & Teaching Tips.