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provide relief from back pain, an ailment common to some 80% of North Americans. Proper pilates breathing encourages filling the ribcage with air on each inhale. This results in each individual rib lifting and separating, thereby creating space and length through the back and providing a relieving spinal stretch. When we consciously set aside time to release tension and


energize both mind and body, in turn we’re also reducing stress, improving and restoring focus, increasing productivity and creating a positive outlet for stress management.


Keep Up With the Physical Demands of the Holidays While the holidays may be mentally exhausting, they can be


physically exhausting as well. From needing the stamina to endure the shopping for presents, being on your toes at various events and gatherings, plus slaving over a hot stove in the kitchen, the body needs to be physically prepped for such an energy-demanding season. Whether doing mat- or reformer-based training, pilates focuses


on increasing muscular strength, building endurance and improving body alignment, including posture and proper biomechanics. Pilates is a functional activity that addresses and engages the entire kinetic chain and teaches how to stabilize and move the whole body concur- rently. Many of the mindful movements in pilates make the body more efficient by ensuring that all stabilizing systems are operating properly. Consistent practice of pilates promotes correct postural align-


ment and teaches the body to move more naturally. A common find- ing is that individuals tend to tuck or tilt the pelvic region, creating tightness and/or weakness that can result in discomfort. Pilates brings an awareness of proper placement and alignment, strength- ening the neutral spine making daily tasks less taxing on the body. When clients put working out on the backburner this holiday season, remind them to take advantage of the opportunity to renew their sense of self and spirit through mindful movement. They can look forward to feeling happier and less stressed which will benefit them and everyone around them too.


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