Stretches and Strengthening Exercises for Feet and Ankles

I made this video for a client of mine who recently sprained her ankle, and thought I would post it here as well.  It's a great series of exercises to do to strengthen your ankles for dance or sports conditioning, or if you've been wearing too many heels this holiday season!  Because ankle and foot flexibility play a key role in allowing the knee to move in a healthy range of motion, these exercises can also help with knee pain.  I recommend doing this set of exercises daily (if you're a runner or a dancer, do them before you move).

  

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Stretches for Back Pain Relief

Here are a few of my favorite stretches to help alleviate back pain. 

These are not Pilates exercises, but stretches that can be performed 2-3 times a day to help stretch and strengthen your lower back.  If you have back pain that is acute or has not been diagnosed, please check with your doctor before adding in this stretch series.

 

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Roller Workout

In Pilates, we don't really have shavasana.  But you can still relax and stretch your body.  Here's a video with a short roller workout to stretch and open your chest and hips.  I promise you'll feel like you just took a nap...well, you'll definitely feel more relaxed then you did when you started!  Enjoy!


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