Connected

Welcome to Connected. Your up-to-date Pilates information center written by the staff at Mindful Movements. The following articles focus on events and classes, improved techniques, body and mind, as well as home sessions. Our goal is to educate you on how to connect your body to work smarter, not harder — achieving improved physical, mental, and spiritual health.

An exciting new STRETCH program coming to Mindful Movements

Stretching has been practiced for millennia in various forms. Stretching equipment has also been used for centuries because it is well known that when the body is gently supported, it releases. It’s called “positional release.” The StretchFit approach uses modern equipment to target specific muscles and facilitates maximum support and relaxation in each stretch. You can’t get it wrong, and you can’t feel silly because it’s focused and easy. It’s a stretch experience like no other. You’ll feel like a well-oiled machine again! • Everybody needs to stretch and be able to do so affordably. Thus, Stretchfit® creator Anthony Lett […]

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Try Adding These Stretches To An Exercise Routine To Help Prevent Back Pain

There can be many causes of back pain.  However, back pain that comes on after movement or after a night’s sleep may be because your muscles are short and tight.  Simple stretches can be incorporated into any routine to help back pain.  Benefits of Stretching: • Increases flexibility • Increases range of motion around a joint • Helps heal and prevent back pain • Provides stress relief and has a calming effect on the body • Can help you fall asleep faster and improved quality of sleep There are many forms of stretching.  However, just doing about 5-6 stretches for […]

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Five Pilates Exercises That Will Improve Your Golf Game

Golf and Pilates are a perfect match. The functional strength and length you gain from a regular Pilates practice is the perfect combination for a golfer.  Golf and Pilates share many of the same fundamentals such as breathing, centering, fluidity, concentration, and proper body alignment. Like any sport, you must have a stable body to perform. This does not mean having the biggest, bulkiest muscles on the course.  When you have a stable body, you will move better, and most of all, you’ll be pain-free.  Without stability in your body, balance, and coordination are compromised, which affects your swing. What […]

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Five benefits of BarreAmped® exercises with Mindful Movements

Barre exercise is everywhere and growing in popularity every year. Barre exercise offers a multitude of benefits: Better alignment of your body strengthens your abdominals, hips, and gluteals.  The isometric nature and small movements of most exercises allow for a low impact strength program that is safe for joints and most populations. The stretches elongate muscles and give a “toned and fit” look to your body in a short period of time. When your core is stronger, it allows for a more stable pelvis, which helps all the joints in your body and a better posture. A 2020 study investigated […]

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Starting off with the basics — neutral pelvis

In all of our Mindful Movement programs, there is a common theme of a neutral pelvis.  We believe strongly in protecting and honoring the natural curves of your spine.  Keeping a neutral spine protects the integrity of the body’s alignment for optimal movement of your body.  When you have a neutral pelvis, every joint can be optimal for equal distribution of force through your entire body. It makes your body as efficient as it can be while you are moving.  Learning where your pelvis is and how to carry it in your everyday activities will help you improve your function, […]

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