Posted by Cassidy Moore on May 16, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Body Gallery: The Art of Personalized Pilates Receives 2013 San Francisco Award
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, May 8, 2013 — For the fifth consecutive year, The Body Gallery: The Art of Personalized Pilates has been selected for the 2013 San Francisco Award in the Physical Fitness Facilities category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Nationwide, only 1 in 1000 (less than one-tenth of 1%) 2013 Award recipients qualified as Five-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
U.S. Commerce Association
Posted by Cassidy Moore on April 18, 2013
This is a simple exercise that can help the dorsiflexion in your feet. With more mobility in your ankles you can move through your feet with more ease with every step you take. This will help to take stress off of the muscles that are stabilizing for you such as your calves.
Facing the wall starting with one foot a 1/2 inch away from the wall bend the knee and try to touch it to the wall keeping your entire foot on the floor and your pelvis square. As your bending your knee focus on your alignment. Check to see if your knee is tracking over your second toe and make sure your hips are square to the wall. Your heel will want to come off of the floor, your knee may track towards your big toe and your hips may rotate to help facilitate the movement. In order to increase mobility you want to make sure you have great alignment, this way you will stay true to your actual mobility and encourage the stretch. If 1/2 in each is easy move your foot 1 inch from the wall and repeat. Once you have found your challenge point bend your knee up to 10x, you should feel a great stretch and see the improvement as your moving through the exercise.
When you switch to the other foot you may notice more or less mobility. Which ever ankle has less mobility make sure to do more on that side so you can try to balance the mobility on both sides. If the difference is pretty significant I suggest working on the less mobile ankle only. Check in from time to time with the other ankle and once they are more balanced begin the exercises on both feet.
Posted by Cassidy Moore on March 21, 2013
QUADRUPED WITH LEG EXTENSION
This exercise is meant to help strengthen your core, upper back muscles, glutes and hamstrings.
You begin on all fours. Your feet lined up with your knees, your knees lined up with your hips and your hands lined up with your shoulders. You want to feel the back of your neck lengthening, like a turtle coming out of it’s shell and your shoulder blades cinching together.
Your core should be VERY ACTIVE! Engage it by initiating with your inner thighs, feel like your inner thighs are trying to pull together, this will automatically activate your pelvic floor muscles. As you breathe use each exhale to activate your deep transverse abdominal muscles by pulling your belly in and wide towards the back of your spine and across the belly. Hopefully you feel your glutes turn on a little too.
Staying highly active in your core choose your left or right foot to go first. Then reach that foot directly out behind you, keeping contact with the floor. YOUR PELVIS SHOULD NOT MOVE! You bring out your foot only as far as your pelvis remains stable. This is a core stabilizer exercise! When you can extend your leg out straight behind you, and be stable in the pelvis, go ahead squeeze your glutes, soft in the knees, and lift your leg up towards the ceiling. Guess what, PELVIS SHOULD NOT MOVE! Lift your leg only as high as your glute will support. That’s the purpose, work the glute! Hold for up to 10 seconds. Repeat each side or do more on your less connected side. If you just do a couple of sets, I’d be happy. This exercise is no joke. It’s tough. Take your time to connect into your body. Speed does not count! If this is not feeling challenging enough for you let’s go over it again before you do any more at home.
Posted by Cassidy Moore on February 21, 2013
This is a simple quad stretch that includes your sartorius as well. Sometimes this stretch can help relieve knee discomfort. I recommend this stretch for anyone who is standing a lot, walking, running or doing other activities that exhaust the legs.
Holding on to something for balance bring your foot as close to your buttocks as possible and reaching behind hold onto the foot with the same side hand. Remain in this stretch for at least a minute but three would be optimal. The longer you stay in the position the better the release! Repeat on second side. If you want to improve your balance, which is always a great idea, try to do it without holding on to something.
Posted by Cassidy Moore on February 15, 2013
Stretch out your latissimus, your back muscles. Try to stretch for at least a minute or until you feel in ease in the muscles. This stretch is pretty self explanatory. You can use a chair, dresser or the wall. Any kind of support really. IMPORTANT! Try to keep your ribs from flaring as you stretch. You can also do this with one arm at a time to see if one side is tighter than the other and if so make sure to stretch for a longer period of time on the tighter side.