BACK PAIN- PRACTICAL TIPSShane McLean, ACE Certified Personal Trainer with the T. Boone Pickens YMCA Today’s a bad back day. Again. Couldn’t have come at a worst time because you areA. Busy at workB. Out in the yardC. Driving all day. D. Or your feet constantly.Sound familiar?
Have you wondered why you feel so stiff in the morning? I have. This video explains this and a stretch you can do to help ease that stiffness. Do it tomorrow.
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We spend most of our lives breathing to shallow and not through our belly's. Breathing deep for 5 min a day like in the video below, will help with your stress and your back pain.
However you don't need the pillows demonstrated in the video. Lying flat on your back with your feet on the ground will be fine. Try for 2 weeks and notice the difference. Your body will thank you
Posted by Shane Mclean @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 13:58pm
I am going to tell you all about something readily present to all moving organisms, but a like a visually stunning insect, is often overlooked. I am talking about the pot-o-gold, the unicorn, the Lucky Charms of movement. Indeed, I am talking about the…. TRANSVERSE PLANE OF MOTION! What is this transverse plane you ask? Well to understand the most neglected and challenging plane of motion, you must understand the other main two.
Posted by Ryan Glatt @ Sunday, July 21, 2013 @ 23:03pm
Today life is crammed with demands on personal time, energy, and space. When you continuously care for others without taking care of yourself, you reach beyond your capacity to function. Like a hard drive with too much information, you essentially crash and burn due to these physical and mental imbalances. At a Pilates class it’s your time to recharge your batteries so you can rediscover your mind-body equilibrium. The Pilates breathing technique will help you to capitalize on your strengths without wearing yourself down.
Lay down supine (on your back) with your feet placed near your tailbone. Place hands under the arch of your back, about 4 fingers should fit. Remove fingers and feel the neutral spinal position. Then, press the lower back down and round or tuck the tailbone while squeezing abdominals. Next, arch the back and lift the tailbone while squeezing the back muscles. Repeat, you can also do this movement standing.
Before getting out of bed 1.) while laying on your back (supine) 2.) do a few pelvic tilts and 3.) pelvic circles 4.) bring your knees towards your chest and hug underneath 5.)open your arms out to the sides and take your knees to one side and then the other - use pillows underneath the knees for support and comfort if needed 6.) roll out of bed and 7.) stand in mountain (tadasana) for a few breaths – grateful to begin a new day.