A dedicated Pilates practice can be a powerful tool to increase spinal health and flexibility, particularly when Pilates-method breathing is...Read More
Improve Your Diaphragmatic Breathing
The diaphragm is a large muscle that bisects our bodies at the base of the rib cage. When it is...Read More
How Breathing Affects Posture and Spinal Flexibility
As long as we are alive, we are breathing! So it is very useful to understand how breathing affects both...Read More
This Hip Flexor Can Contribute to Lower Back Pain: the Psoas
There is one hip flexor muscle that often contributes to lower back pain: the psoas. The psoas muscle is hard...Read More
Can Beginner Running Compliment Flexibility Training?
Everyone knows that running and flexibility exist in opposition to each other. Right? Ask any flexibility coach about cardio cross-training...Read More
What is your “Core Muscle” Group and How Does it Work?
What is your core muscle group and how does it work? Practically every fitness program known to humanity talks at...Read More
How to Have a Strong Flexible Psoas for Healthy Hips
A strong flexible psoas muscle is fundamental to a healthy back and mobile, balanced hips. The psoas attaches all along...Read More
How “Fixing Your Posture” Could be Causing Your Back Pain and What to Do About It
Earlier this year I made a post called 4 Tips to Get More Flexible Without Stretching, and the #1...Read More
Tight Hip Flexors? Try These Lunge Variations for Better Results
The humble lunge is a staple of flexibility training designed to target the front of the hips. With lunges, small...Read More
Hip Anatomy: Get to Know Your Hip Flexors to Diagnose Tight Hips
What is a "hip flexor"? The term "hip flexor" is often used as if it describes one muscle, when in...Read More
Step by Step Introduction to Back Bridge/Wheel Pose
Back Bridge, or Wheel Pose as it is called in yoga, is a beautiful foundational element of the back bender’s...Read More
4 Things You Can Do to Address Back Pain in Back Bends
Back bends can be a glorious part of your body’s movement practice. A healthy backbend feels great, benefits your spine,...Read More
Got a Bendy Back and Tight Hip Flexors? Try this Short Workout
Five years ago I wrote a blog post titled The Curse of the Bendy Lower Back that laid out many...Read More
Spinal Anatomy for Back Benders
Back bending is one of the most challenging areas of the flexibility arts. The spine is an extremely complex structure...Read More
Can My Body Be Strong and Flexible at the Same Time? Yes!
One of the most common misconceptions about training is that you cannot train to be strong and flexible at the...Read More
What’s the Difference Between Active and Passive Flexibility?
There are two different ways that we can measure our flexibility in any joint: active flexibility and passive flexibility. It...Read More
How to Get More Flexible: 4 Basic Tips for All Levels
When I tell humans out in the world what I do I’m often asked—usually after a glum confession to being...Read More
Stretch your Shoulders without Pain or Pinching
It is possible to stretch your shoulders without pain, pinching, or compromising the strength and integrity of the shoulder...Read More
Tight Shoulders? Try Stretching your Pecs!
Tight shoulders restrict athletic performance and our daily activities. A key aspect of upper body health is to have full...Read More
How to Find and Strengthen Your Rotator Cuff Muscles
When I received my MRI back from the doctor’s office it just said “rotator cuff tear”. What a tease! There...Read More