Category - Tips from Madeline
Posted - 08/21/2013
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Shoulder Series #2 Doorway

Category - Tips from Madeline
Posted - 07/01/2013
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Shoulder Series: Wall Circle

Category - Tips from Madeline
Posted - 11/01/2012
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Improve Your Balance and Prevent Falling Tips

Category - Tips from Madeline
Posted - 08/23/2012
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Support Your Sleeping
In the morning, are you feeling stiff with shoulder, hip or lower back pain? When you sleep, your spine surrenders to gravity, even with a supportive mattress. You may have areas of your spine that are stiff with segments of the spine that become hyper-mobile, this creates an imbalance. The stiff parts do not relax and the hyper-mobile areas collapse. Sleeping in this imbalanced position can create more discomfort and pain. Sleeping with the least amount of stress of the spine and shoulder/hip joints can ease morning stiffness and pain. Try propping yourself with pillows and a towel roll for a better night sleep.
Madeline demonstrates how to best prop yourself for a supportive sleep.

  





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Category - Tips from Madeline
Posted - 07/24/2012
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Healthy Standing
 At Studio M, we are teaching clients to be aware of how they stand to avoid hip, lower back and even neck pain. Balance is also important. Healthy standing gives you better balance. Madeline Black explains a few details about standing so that you can practice optimal posture through out the day.

  




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Category - Tips from Madeline
Posted - 05/11/2012
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Second in the series: Your Personal Practice, SHOULDER BLADE CIRCLES

Category - Tips from Madeline
Posted - 02/23/2012
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1st in a Series: Your Personal Practice "Rollup"
 
  
 
 In Pilates, Rollup is a difficult mat exercise if your spine, especially the lower spine is too straight, stiff or excessive in its concavity. When a person tries to do the full rollup with a stiff spine, the movement is not smooth nor is the deep core muscles recruited. In fact, flexing the spine in this way causes compression of the spine with a potential of displacing a disc or straining back ligaments. We want to be aware of the spine moving sequentially without a compression (a downward pressing rather than an elongation). Using props, as these towels, brings the mat up to your spine enabling the movement that exists at that moment to happen. And it gives you feedback on your spine, feeling when the spine meets the towel.
The awareness of what area is moving first, then putting your attention in the next area, and so on, is helpful in connecting your mind with your body. This connection changes the connection of the brain to body allowing for the movement to happen easily!



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