Multipurpose psoas exercise

 

Psoas is part of the Pilates powerhouse. But ironically, but instead of making it powerful, people spend time releasing it, softening it and stripping it of its powerful roles as a spine and hip stabilizer in the body.

Psoas is a long muscle that runs the length of the lumbar spine, running through the pelvis […]

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    Postural Control Series: How Pelvic Tilting affects the hip joints, spine & pelvis

Postural Control Series: How Pelvic Tilting affects the hip joints, spine & pelvis

Have you ever noted that small, simple things can have profound results? That’s exactly what pelvic tilting will do. It’s a small little exercise that looks like almost nothing is happening. What most people don’t realize is that it’s one of the best ways to build integrity between the hip joints, pelvis and spine.

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    Postural Control Series: Two Minute Stiff Shoulder Remedy – Arm Arcs

Postural Control Series: Two Minute Stiff Shoulder Remedy – Arm Arcs

Arm arcs are a quick, simple solution to help stiff shoulders. They can be done anywhere, any time by anyone! Arm arcs help posture by opening the chest, dropping the shoulders and making the head more upright. These exercises should feel effortless!

Sagittal Arm Arcs

Inhale: reach arms up to the ceiling and up by ears

Exhale: reach […]

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    Postural control series: build your buttocks and strengthen your core

Postural control series: build your buttocks and strengthen your core

Most of us have lazy buttock muscles. When they are weak, hip pain, back pain and even foot pain can occur!

The Pilates neutral bridge is a safe and simple way for almost everyone to get the buttock muscles firing.

The buttock muscles are part of our core. When we build support down there, we’ll also […]

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    Postural control series: two things to notice in quadruped arm leg reach

Postural control series: two things to notice in quadruped arm leg reach

The quadruped arm leg reach is an awesome challenge for balance, coordination and strength. When done with precision and control, it can challenge the core, build total body strength, and improve posture.

Take your time with this exercise. At every point of change, there’s a different set of muscles starting to work. If you rush […]

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    Postural control series: prone robot arms for intrascapular muscles

Postural control series: prone robot arms for intrascapular muscles

Prone robot arms is a seemingly simple exercise that requires a lot of upper back support to do well.

If you have weak shoulders or a tight upper back, this is a great exercise to help build strength so you feel great!

Prone robot arms usually works best after thoracic rotation and some scapular mobility exercises […]

Postural control series: Pilates side bridge

The Pilates side bridge is the best way to target muscles along the side of the body. It’s great for building strong shoulders, helping with back pain, toning the hips and improving posture. Some people notice a difference after only two to three reps! This is definitely an all-time favorite at BODY HARMONICS.

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Postural control series: Pilates side leg lift

Have you ever watched those 1980’s exercise videos where girls kick their legs right up to the ceiling? Don’t worry, that’s not what we’ll be doing today.

Side leg lift is a great exercise to help keep your hips strong. Hip strength is important if you walk, run, take the stairs, kick or jump.

What to […]

Glide the shoulder blades, prepare for plank

Planks are considered to be one of the best “core” exercises. It’s important to have the best support possible in the lower, middle and upper body. This is a quick little exercise to prepare the upper body for plank and any other quadruped work.

Make sure to do these shoulder blade glides early in your […]

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    Postural control series: prone front crawl for stiff shoulders

Postural control series: prone front crawl for stiff shoulders

If you’ve got tight, stiff shoulders, prone front crawl is the exercise for you! It’s also great to help correct forward head posture.

It’s a really simple way to promote movement in the shoulders and shoulder girdle.

How do you do this exercise?

Lay face down with a pillow under the forehead. Make sure the head is […]