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Pilates Ladder Barrel Exercise: Runner’s Stretch To Improve Flexibility for Tight Hip Flexors & Hamstrings

Today I want to share with you a  Pilates Ladder Barrel exercise that is excellent to help release tight hip flexors and stretch the hamstrings.  Both of these muscle groups tend to be tight and in need of improved flexibility.  Increasing joint range of motion at the hip will help you walk & run more […]

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

Pilates Arc Barrel Exercise: Side Bend with Hip Extension

Increase flexibility and mobility for your arms, shoulders, spine, and hips with this effective Pilates Spine Corrector exercise. Discover a great way to use the Pilates Arc Barrel  to stretch one whole side of the body.  Improve shoulder mechanics, while strengthening hip extensor muscles and stretching tight hip flexors. This is one of my favorite […]

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

Core Strength-Pilates Exercise Video for Abdominals: Little Pulses

Having great core strength means that you’ve got a balance between strong abs and a flexible back allowing you to move easily through each exercise during your Pilates workouts.  A while ago I posted an article on my blog about improving abdominal strength and spine articulation with the benefits of adding pulsing to Pilates exercises.  […]

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

Pilates Exercises for Twisting and Improving Rotation of the Spine

In a workshop a few years ago with my Pilates mentor, Dianne Miller, she made a comment that has really stuck in my brain. “Twisting exercises facilitate improved flexion and extension of the spine.” Don’t know why I never realized that little gem on my own, but how true it is. Think about getting water […]

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.

The Genius of Joseph Pilates: Mind-Body Movement for Total Body Conditioning

The Pilates Method has been around since the early 1920’s. A visionary in the field of fitness and rehabilitation, Joseph Pilates always felt that he was fifty years ahead of his time. Even into the mid 1990’s very few people had heard of Pilates. In fact, there was not a book in print. Today, Pilates […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Pilates.

Scoliosis: Brace, Fuse, or Exercise?

There is controversy over the use of braces to correct excessive curvature of the spine (scoliosis) in teenagers because research has failed to prove that they work.  “Bracing is regarded as effective by some and as useless by others.” According to Stefano Negrini, MD the scientific director of the ISICO (Italian Scientific Spine Institute) in […]

Posted by Aliesa George in Back Pain, Health, Pilates.

Practice Better Breathing Habits to Help Develop Improved Core Strength with Length (and Other Great Health Benefits)

Breathing well is the first step in developing strength with length.  If you have a hard time maintaining the length of your spine when you’re standing still, how the heck are you going to make it happen when you’re bending forwards, backwards, sideways, and twisting? One of the things that keeps Pilates exercises so challenging, […]

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

Core Fitness: Reduce Neck Pain for Pilates Matwork Exercises and All Ab Workouts

I posted a blog article related to the topic of reducing neck strain during Pilates matwork and ab training few weeks ago.  Here’s a new video post in my Core Training series to discuss the same issue. Neck strain, and occasionally pain, is something that is common during Pilates Matwork and general abdominal conditioning programs.  […]

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