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Fascia: The Body Network by Tatiana Trivellato

Have you ever considered a connection between your feet and your neck? Meet the fascia: a connective tissue that forms a body-wide tensional network. The fibrous architecture of fasciae provides resistance when muscles are stretched, and slack when muscles are in a shortened position.  Fascia connects all muscles and organs, providing structural support for posture and movement. Elastic and resilient fascial structures serve as an internal mechanism to improve movement performance and prevent injuries. Similarly, external elastic props can be used to provide support, resistance and sensorial feedback during exercises.

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Pilates Style - That's a Wrap

We are so happy with this article that interviews Pilates experts who are using Stretch-eze in their work. Thank you all at Pilates Style, especially Stacey for taking the time to interview them and get it right. Don't miss it!.

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ih8exercise - Kimberly Dye's Favorite Move

Kimberly's favorite move uses a looped band, called Stretch-eze, to create resistance.  "Using the support and resistance of the Stretch-eze actually feels good," says Kimberly, "while it creates a cleaner access to the deeper abdominal and low-back muscles."

Name of Move: Pilates Low Back/Core Activation using a Stretch-eze band.

Why She Likes It:  This move allows you to strengthen your transverse abdominal muscles and low back, improving pelvic stability and core strength.  It will also improve joint stability, hip strength, and range of motion.

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Pilates For Neck Pain Tatiana Trivellato

(Translated from Portuguese)

Have you ever found it difficult to do Pilates exercises because of pain in the cervical spine?  Today I will show you how the Stretch-eze®, a new product in Brazil, can be used to facilitate challenging exercises for those who feel pain.  It helps to improve awareness about the positioning of the head and neck alignment, and support and reduce the burden in the region.

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Sensory Props for Older Clients

Sensory props can be valuable to the dance/movement therapist; any prop that stimulates the tactile, vestibular and proprioception systems are sensory in nature and contribute to how our bodies receive and process new information, therefore helping adults and children who have difficulties with bilateral motor coordination, sequencing, balance, posture tonicity, and spatial orientation. When you use sensory props during your movement sessions, your clients will end up feeling more relaxed and receptive to change.

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My three children spent hours playing in the Airwalker for at least five years. Our house was the favorite one for friends since they could go in the hanging cave. Our one son diagnosed with ADHD was particularly relaxed after spending 10 minutes inside. A life saver.
Michelle Q
Sep 15, 2015

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Kateryna Smirnova May 4-5th Stretch-ezeĀ® in England

Kateryna Smirnova


Join MKPilates in the Isle of Man on Pilates Day 2019 at this weekend event to celebrate the opening of the Knockaloe Internment Camp Museum. "I never met Joseph Pilates but was told by those that have, that Joseph always spoke very well of his time at the camp. The first time I visited the camp it was hard to imagine how 24,000 people could live and exist in this small area. But it is here that Joseph developed his method using hospital beds and springs and many stories of how his strength of character that got a whole camp exercising is credited with helping the internees avoid the effects of the influenza epidemic of that time that took many lives.  It is because of his contributions to the camp and the subsequent explosion of his method called Contrology that a special section of the museum is dedicated to Mr. Pilates."

"So this year we have brought together a great team to share the weekend with you with different styles of the Pilates Method and different stories as to why they have been invited.  We have Roberta to represent the New York era of Pilates with her work from her studio in the original home of Joseph Pilates in New York. Elisa, who with APPI have been key players in the introduction of Pilates to the clinical world both in the UK and around the world and then we also have Kateryna who has a foot in both the Traditional work and the Contemporary interpretations while learning and educating other teachers internationally. When Malcolm and I organised the first Pilates Event on the Island more than 10 years ago to honour The Method and help to keep the goals of Joseph Pilates alive, we received such a warm welcome from the people of the Isle of Man.  As we educate and travel all over the world, we find many teachers have no knowledge of the history of the works of Joseph Pilates." 



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