If You Wear Shoes, You Need This Calf Stretch

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I’ve really been looking forward to sharing today’s exercise with you! I learned this stretch in Katy Bowman’s Restorative Exercise™ program, and it’s the most simple and effective calf stretch I’ve ever come across. First, though, you need to know why this is so important. When your lower legs (calves, shins, etc.) get too tight, they can’t align properly with your …

An Easy Way to Strengthen Your Back

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Many back strengthening, or extension, exercises have you lie on your stomach and lift your upper body (or your legs, or both) off the ground. While these exercises can be effective for some people, it causes many, many others to sink into the low back, and bend in places that already bend too much, just to get their upper body off …

The Fascial Side Bend – How to Do It Correctly

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I love the technique in today’s video because it directly applies to any exercise you’re already doing, whether it’s Pilates, yoga, Crossfit, or just stretching in your kitchen.  If you take the time to tune in and feel the length tension required for this technique, you’ll likely double the benefits you are getting. Opening up the sides of your body, …

How to Hydrate and Release Tight, Painful Hips

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I originally learned this technique from Jen and Casey over at Fusion Pilates in Asheville, and it’s gotten very popular over the years because it’s a very effective technique! This exercise is the perfect supplement, and maybe even the missing key, to any hip stretches you are already doing. It helps to hydrate and release tight, congested muscle and fascial …