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How stretching can help reduce pain in patients with chronic low back pain.


Latest studies indicate that stretching can help reduce pain in the lower back in people that suffer from chronic pain in this area. Once more these new studies indicate that when patients practice stretching routines they experiment a substantial decrease in pain and discomfort. 

Two weeks ago I read the news on how stretching the neck helps reduce pain and migraines in 75% which are associated with stiff and tight necks, upper back and shoulders.

Read more: http://www.mdlinx.com/pain-management/news-article.cfm/4085254/low-back-pain#ixzz1yCLrnDwp

“Can you touch your toes?” at the 2012 Book ExpoAmerica New Title Show


What an exciting opportunity to be part of this great book expo in New York City! Lulu is presenting my book ” Can you touch your toes” which is under the category of health, fitness and exercise. If you are in NYC and if you love to read don’t miss this great occasion to find new exciting titles.

Lulu publishers booth is #3476

http://newtitleshowcase.com/book_details.php?bookid=132554

Pilates Day!


Pilates Day!

Today is Pilates Day!

Side kicks

What a wonderful day for all those who are experiencing the many benefits from the best fitness routine the Pilates Method. Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time in terms of physical fitness. Inspired by oriental disciplines he devised his exercises so that all energy and effort originated from the center of the body. He called it the “powerhouse”. I consider my clients and even myself living testimonies of the amazing rewards that we enjoy from this revolutionary method.

What other fitness program can help you with posture, body mechanics, spinal flexibility, breathing and balance? None other than Pilates. As I explain to my new clients it is never too late to embrace this discipline because it offers levels to choose from to suit every person needs and goals. There are not limitations to this program of exercises. I have had great results among people affected with cancer, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, back and neck surgeries.

Start today and experiment the advantages of practicing Pilates regularly. Feel good, rejuvenated and restored after every session.

Empower yourself with Pilates!

Work out video of the Day: Shaving the Head – Pilates


Pilates Training – Shaving the Head exercise

Level: It depends on how much tension you can have in the springs. The more tension the harder.

Targets: your arms, your back and your core as you keep your torso stable. You will feel the most effort in the back of your arms (triceps).

Repetitions and sets:Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions each.

This exercise is one of my favorite Pilates routine, because it targets one of the most important body part in a women’s body : the back of the arms.

Work Out video of the Day: Core Training – Part 3.


Level: intermediate if you roll half way down. More advanced if you roll all the way down. Keep your chin close to your chest, lengthening your neck.

Targets:core muscles, abdominal and back muscles. Also stretches the back side of your thigh and your back.

Reps and sets: do 2 to 3 sets of 10 repetitions in both sides.

Tips: if you have a sensitive tailbone use pads to cushion the area of your back. If you feel any discomfort in your back do not roll back too much, always avoid lower back pain.

Why is Jane Fonda my all-time exercise role model?


I was reading the last issue of Newsweek ( August 22 & 29, 2011 ) when on page 42 I had the great surprise of finding a great article on Jane Fonda.  She has been my exercise icon since she started back in the 90’s with her videos, teaching great aerobic  exercises with or without the step. Before her, I used to go to the gym where I had a great personal trainer; I did yoga for the mind and body connection, and I also used to meditate daily. Throughout  the years  I was doing the same fitness routines until I discovered The method! In this interview of Jane Fonda you can see how beautiful she looks, perfect posture and vibrant. She gives brief tips on how to feel, look and enjoy your life after 60.  As a baby-boomer myself I can totally relate to that need of self-reinvention. 

One tip that called my attention: For fitness she recommends The Pilates Method,  I was not surprised because I know that the best bodies at any age are the Pilates bodies. The secret  for a supple and strong body.

She also believes in keeping your entire body flexible.  For her sense of well-being she practices Zen meditation. I never thought that I had so many thing is common with my exercise icon!  I have found the fountain of youth in Pilates and  stretching.  Meditating daily is also a very important part of my day, keeps me centered and balanced. Now, I feel better both physically and mentally than when I was in my thirties and forties. Thank you Jane for inspiring all of us!

Work out video of the Day: Cordination – Pilates


coordination Work Out – Core Strength

Level: basic if you keep your legs half way down, intermediate if you lower your legs at eye level.

Targets:  abdominal wall, core muscles,  legs and arms.

Reps and sets: 4 sets, 5 repetitions each. The first: open and close your legs. The second : tap your heels. The third: criss-cross your legs. The fourth: scissors kicks.

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