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Pilates Exercise Progressions: Use Handstands To Develop Strong Arms & Shoulders

The upper body strength benefits of incorporating handstands into your weekly workouts are huge.  In daily life we don’t typically spend much time upside down on our hands.  But, being upside-down is great for developing balance, body awareness and control, and improving arm and shoulder strength.  Plus being in a handstand position has some great […]

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

What Are You Looking At? The Importance of Eye Focus and Pilates Exercise

Using Eye Focus and Pilates Exercise to Improve Form & Function for Healthy Movement Habits I know I’ve written about this topic in the past, but recently have been cueing my clients and drawing their attention to where they’re looking during different exercises.  It doesn’t matter WHAT the exercise is, where the eyes focus can […]

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

Pilates Back Exercises: Mobilize the Ribs, Stretch and Strengthen the Spine

Pilates Exercise Video Tips to Incorporate the Spread Eagle Exercise into your Workouts As a part of my “Secret” Training Tips for Mobilizing the Ribcage article series, I made this bonus exercise video to give you an example of one of my favorite Pilates back exercises for extension.  Before we add spine twisting and rotation […]

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

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 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.

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 Benefits of Eye Focus During Pilates and Fitness Ab Work Exercises

By Aliesa George and Centerworks.com It’s interesting the difference in perspective between traditional “Aerobic” class ab work and Pilates ab exercises.  You know how everybody always complains that their neck hurts?  Or they feel more work in their neck, chest, and shoulders than they do in their middle, which means it takes tons of reps […]

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

Neck Pain and Pilates Exercise

As Pilates teachers, our goal is to help our clients find, feel, and correct bad alignment, and muscle imbalances so that they can improve their whole-body health and enjoy life!  It’s frustrating for us and them, when problems or pain lingers longer than we think it should.  Chances are if a client walked through your […]

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