Flamingo Hamstring Stretch

The Flamingo Stretch for Chronic Sitters and Heeled-Shoe Wearers

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We’ve talked a lot about how frequent daily sitting over time shortens the muscles and soft tissue on the front of your hips and we’ve demonstrated an effective stretch to help with shortened, painful hip flexors. We’ve also talked about how the lifted heels in shoes can shorten your calves; even the smallest heel in a running shoe or men’s shoe …

The Double Calf Stretch

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Today’s video takes the recent Calf Stretch and Hamstring Assessment videos and combines them into a single ultra-effective exercise for the back line of your body. Your muscles and soft tissue respond  to the position you spend most of your time in by shortening and/or lengthening. This is one of the reasons it’s so important to move around throughout the …

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 …

Turn the Fascia Cat into a Super Hamstring & Calf Stretch

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 (This is part two of a three-part series where we break the Fascia Cat Stretch down into its component parts.) In the last video we focused on spinal articulation and looked at how tight legs can block movement of the spine and pelvis. Today I’ll show you an exercise to help with leg tightness by turning the Fascia Cat exercise into …

My Favorite Exercise for Increasing Ankle Mobility and Releasing the Soles of Your Feet

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This exercise targets the soft tissue that runs from behind your knee all the way through the bottom of your foot; specifically your soleus muscle, achilles tendon and plantar fascia. These three structures are connected. The soleus leads into the achilles tendon and the achilles tendon goes around the heel bone where it leads into the plantar fascia. If you …

The Ankle Bone’s Connected to the Calf Stretch…

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Foot and ankle health equals whole body health… When I first start working with a new client, the feet and ankles are primary areas for review. This is a core component of our work because it’s so critical to all future success in Pilates as well as life in general. Telltale signs in the feet and ankles reveal all kinds of possible solu­tions …