How a Milkshake Straw Can Help You Activate Your Core Muscles

Pop quiz: What does a milkshake straw have to do with your spine and core muscles?

And no, it has nothing to do with calories or my favorite dessert!

Give up?

As strange as it may sound, the visual of a milkshake straw is fantastic for connecting with deep muscles in your body that stabilize your pelvis and spine.

These hidden muscles tend to be more challenging to sense and activate at first.


There are a couple of reasons.

  1. They’re located deeper in the body, so you can’t really “see” what they do like you can when, say, your bicep contracts to bend your elbow for a bicep curl.
  1. These muscles hold bones still instead of moving them, which is a different feeling from your abs working for a sit-up.

Many people don't know about these important muscle connections, so they're missing out on some great benefits.

What kind of benefits, you ask? Great question!

Benefits like:

  • Increased spinal and pelvic stability
  • Pressure relief for the pelvic floor 
  • Spine strength, resilience, and endurance

What you’ll learn in today’s video requires some imagination and a willingness to experience something different from what you’re used to.

It might even seem super weird, and that’s okay!

This is a different approach, but it’s the foundation of everything you do—especially Pilates!

Check it out, and let me know how it goes if you give it a try! You can reply to this email or leave a comment below and tell me.

With my milkshake straw,


P.S. Enrollment for Pilates Tonic Online (PTO) is closing soon!

PTO is our online membership program packed with restorative exercises—material you won’t find in a regular Pilates class—designed to help improve your alignment and ease aches and pains as you get stronger and more flexible.

If you’ve been curious about Pilates Tonic Online, now is the perfect time to sign up so you can lock in the current price (a price you keep for as long as you remain a member!). 

When enrollment reopens, the price will increase to better reflect the value of this unique program. I’m constantly updating and adding new content to ensure you get the most out of your membership.

Picture a life where your movements are effortless, pain is a thing of the past, and you have the energy and strength to do what you love every day.

Join today and feel the difference—your body will thank you.

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I’m here to help you get stronger and more flexible through alignment-based restorative exercise so you can enjoy all the activities you love in life. You can work with me in two convenient ways: digitally through the Pilates Tonic Online membership or personally with in-person Restorative Movement Sessions.

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