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Breathing for Core Optimization and Wellbeing

Breathing for Core Optimization and Wellbeing

Dear Readers, Later this year I will be teaching a course for Pilates instructors about breathing. It’s not uncommon to develop less than optimal breathing habits that become obstacles to alignment and wellbeing.  To supplement my materials,  I thought  I’d ask the...

My Time with Kathy Grant

Kathy Grant was my first Pilates teacher. If it wasn't for her I don't think I would have pursued a career in Pilates. So when Blossom Leilani Crawford asked me to contribute to her site "KathyGrantPilates.com" , I was thrilled to oblige. If you'd like to learn more...

Virtual Private Pilates – Taking it Virtual

We’re all a little off these days. And for good reason. Covid-19, the global pandemic of our lifetime, has us on edge. The fear of the unknown, manifesting as an invisible entity that causes serious physical harm, or even death, is almost too much to bear. This silent...

Low Back Pain and Pilates

Clinical studies have shown that a majority of low back pain can be traced to weak and inhibited gluteal muscles . There are three gluteal muscles that make up the side and back of the hip and pelvic region: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. The...

Fascia and Pilates

Fascia: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How We Use It in Pilates What is Fascia? Fascia is a fibrous type of connective tissue in the human body that preserves physical shape by enclosing discrete elements such as organs and muscles. It exists throughout the entire...

Pilates and Pelvic Floor Health

People embark on a pilates journey for many reasons. Some are wanting to heal from an injury , others to simply improve their general level of strength and fitness. But did you know that Pilates can improve your pelvic floor health too? Sometimes, after a pregnancy or...

The Pilates Reformer – A Low-Impact Workout

Many people who are seeking a new fitness regime are concerned about the potential damage high-impact exercises, such as running, can have on their joints. At the same time, they may also be concerned that a low-impact workout may not really do the job. If you’re...

Is Pilates Better Than Yoga?

Many people who want to choose an exercise regime may ask the question: is Pilates better than yoga? Of course either may be of benefit and the answer depends on your goals . In any case, however, theteacher makes all the difference. Suppose, for example, that you’re...

Pelvic Floor Health in NYC

COREY SILBERT IS A PHYSICAL THERAPIST AND CO-OWNER OF “BEYOND BASICS” , A CLINIC THAT SPECIALIZES IN ALL CONDITIONS AFFECTING THE PELVIC FLOOR IN MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. WE LOVE THIS AT MONGOOSE BODYWORKS, AS SO MUCH OF OUR PILATES CORE WORK IS RELATED TO THE PELVIC...

Pilates for Low Back Pain in Soho NYC

The first thing Pilates instructors look at for in clients with low back pain is the preferred position of the pelvis. Sometimes relearning a new pattern is all someone needs to relieve chronic discomfort. Find your pelvic position below! Posterior Pelvic Position If...

Pilates After Total Hip Replacement

The are over 200,000 hip replacements a year with the majority being performed on people between the ages of 50-80. Hip replacements are recommended to relieve pain and decreased mobility in the hip often due to arthritis and other degenerative processes . A total hip...

Low Back Pain and Weak Gluteals: Part 2

Welcome to part II of a three part series about weakness in the gluteal muscles and the relationship to low back pain . In part I  I discussed what can mechanically happen in the body when the Gluteus Medius (a lateral gluteal muscle) presents weak. This blog outlines...