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This month, inspire change in someone’s life! Physical activity is crucial in achieving a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Regular exercise keeps our bodies strong and lowers our risk of developing many health conditions as we age. Encourage the people in your life to get moving – start running together, go swimming at a local pool or introduce them to your favorite Pilates workout. Keep it fun and simple and it will be a rewarding experience for everyone involved.
No matter what your age and ability, it’s never too late to choose the path towards an active life, and healthy body and mind. STOTT PILATES is always here to help you meet your mind-body fitness goals.
Yours in good health,
Lindsay & Moira Merrithew
Co-founders, The Merrithew Group
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Q. Do you work your obliques more in imprint than in neutral? Why work in imprint more than neutral? Thanks – Carron
Sally Belanger, Master Instructor Trainer & Education Project Specialist responds:
Neutral pelvic position (when the ASIS and the pubic bone lie in the same vertical plane while standing) is hypothesized to be the most stable and shock absorbing position for the spine. The deep muscles that are recruited to help stabilize this position include the multifidius, transversus adbominis and pelvic floor. However, in gait and in everyday movements that involve greater forces, these muscles are not strong enough to hold the spine in this neutral alignment. When we walk or move the upper body, the obliques must be recruited to maintain an appropriate relationship between the ribs and pelvis and contribute to stability and strength.
If a client cannot maintain a neutral position while exercising, an imprint (or slight posterior tilt of the pelvis) is used to recruit the obliques to better stabilize the region. Since a muscle is strongest in its midrange, shortening the obliques will assist in their activation and will help prevent the spinal extensors from over-working and pulling the spine into extension. As the client gets stronger, the pelvic position can be challenged more toward a neutral position. A neutral placement will still recruit the obliques, but since the muscle is in an elongated position, it will be more challenging to maintain engagement and therefore stability.
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Double Up the Extension Straps for Enhanced Comfort
When using Extension Straps with leg spring exercises on a Reformer vertical frame, traditionally you would position a Padded Long Spine Strap around your client’s thigh just above the knee.
Try replacing the Padded Long Spine Strap with a second Extension Strap for clients who find this uncomfortable. This alternative also provides support across the back of the knee, but may be more comfortable for certain clients when working through the full range of exercises.
Be sure to double-check that all strap clips are fully and securely closed before beginning any exercises with a client.
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Balance for Better Health
You don’t have to be 6'2" tall to enjoy the 75cm Stability Ball™. This ball is a great alternative to your office chair. Here’s why:
- Encourages proper spine alignment
- Improves balance
- Engages the core
- It’s fun
Experience it for yourself, get one today!
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