Category Archives: Healing with Exercise

Pilates for Plantar Fasciitis

From blisters to bunions, most of us will suffer from foot problems more than once during our lives. Some issues can be resolved with over-the-counter remedies, targeted Pilates exercises, reflexology and gently rolling your feet on a tennis ball. But if the pain you feel is in your heel and it doesn’t go away within

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EXERCISE TO PREVENT ADDICTION RELAPSE

Despite the many psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic interventions, relapse rates for substance abuse and dependence remains high.  A 2011 European review article reported in The Scientific World Journal took a close look at affects of exercise on relapse prevention.  The outcomes show promise. EXERCISE AS THERAPY The authors scoured the databases of Pub Med, Medline, and

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THE MENOPAUSE WEIGHT GAIN MYTH?

As a Pilates instructor, more than one of my clients have complained about menopause middle, that extra weight around the waist that women can get. How to get rid of it?  Exercise, good nutrition and sound sleep –  the traits of a healthy lifestyle at any age, are ever more important at middle age. According

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PILATES LATERAL-BREATHING INCREASES LUNG CAPACITY

Joseph Pilates was known to say that breathing is the first and last act of life. Can’t argue with that.  But breathing is not something we think about ordinarily;  it is mostly an unconscious biological function.  When we do pay attention, breathing can transform your Pilates workout and your life. PILATES LATERAL BREATHING In Pilates,

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PILATES IMPROVES SEX

Pilates does a body good in many ways. Improves balance, strength, flexibility, confidence and strengthens the pelvic floor. All that helps improve that most intimate of acts, sex.  Most people have heard of the Kegel method to improve a woman’s pelvic floor, but Pilates can be better.  So says this blogger/ Pilates instructor in the

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RELIEVE YOUR BACK PAIN NOW

The bad news is that back pain will likely plague you at some point in your life, and probably more than once. The good news is there is a lot you can do to prevent, manage and relieve that pain. Heat and ice treatments work wonders and both bring easy, convenient, and fast relief. WHEN

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GOT BACKBONE?

Your spine is, in many ways, the center of your universe. Knowing more about it and its function will help you understand why your posture and movement affect the health of your back. If something more serious should be the culprit in your back pain, anatomy basics will help you better understand what’s wrong. They’re

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Return to Life through Contrology

In 1945, Joseph. H. Pilates wrote: “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”  His doctrine, however, extends far beyond physical attainments.  The spirit is a rarely discussed but an essential component of Joseph Pilates’ work.  A spiritual essence is threaded throughout his book, Return to Life through Contrology. “With body, mind, and spirit functioning

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Reduce Cancer Risk and Return to Life

You’ve probably heard that poor nutrition and lack of physical activity can lead to so called “lifestyle” diseases namely high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and type II diabetes. But did you know that inactivity and a lousy diet increases cancer risk? A recent report from the National Cancer Institute, highlights the effects of excess weight

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Depressed? Anxious? Exercise Helps says Mayo Clinic

Exercise is the great elixir.  Fountain of youth and mood enhancer.  For those that need proof, countless scientific reports show that exercise helps those with diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis. Ditto for anxiety, depression. It doesn’t matter what you do – it’s moving that matters. Bike. Hike. Garden. Lift weights. Jump rope. Dance. Wash

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