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10:45 am

Why Pilates for Teens? by Sussanne Maleki

 Pilates is a great way for teens to kick-start a lifetime of fitness and well-being. The changes and transitions of the teen years can be difficult. Uncomfortable or negative feelings about the body can lead people to disconnect from their bodies at a young age. In Pilates movement, teens begin to understand the vital connection between the body and the mind. Pilates provides a fun and positive movement experience for teens, building inner confidence and self-esteem, and helping them feel comfortable in their bodies. Pilates is a system of movements designed to recruit your deepest postural muscles to stabilize and protect your spine and pelvis, allowing you to move with greater ease, strength, and control. Pilates promises to help create a longer, leaner body and a sculpted core. But just as importantly, Pilates promotes a sense of well-being in everyday life. Whether sitting, standing, walking, doing sports, or other physical activities, Pilates teaches people how to move more mindfully, more efficiently, and more confidentially. Pilates also develops balanced strength and flexibility to protect against pain and injury. By training the mind-body connection as well as whole-body strength and fitness, Pilates improves concentration skills, posture, and endurance, which can give teens a boost in academic performance as well as sports. The inner focus on movement and breath required during a Pilates class can provide a physical and mental retreat from the everyday stresses of school, social interactions, and other challenges of the teen years. Pilates is also a fun and challenging way to workout appropriate for all fitness levels. LiveWell Studio’s next group pilates class for teens starts September 27th, 4:15-5pm. Register here.

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11:40 pm

How to have a happy body!

How to have a happy body:
  1.  Move. Dance. Walk. Practice Yoga. Find a physical activity that you enjoy and do it daily. The more you practice the more you’ll enjoy what you do.
  2. Eat real food. Eat foods that you recognize and can name the ingredients in plain English. Cook your food with love. Take time to eat and savor your food without the distractions of television or reading. Learn to listen to your body’s real needs, not the cravings that are induced by overconsumption of chemicals instead of food.
  3. Drink plenty of good clean tasty water. Water will flush waste and toxins from your system and keep you hydrated and well. A glass of warm water in the morning will help the colon clear waste as well.
  4.  Get bodywork: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Massage, or Osteopathy. Do this while you are well, before you are sick. And then regularly to take care of the body you have. You need a source of nurturing touch and care in your life.
  5. Meditate. Learn to sit still and listen to your body. Your body speaks quietly. Your body doesn’t speak English. Your body speaks sensation. It takes time to translate the body’s language for the mind. The more you practice listening, the more your body will speak clearly to you and the more easily your will understand it’s language.
  6. Sleep well. Create a nurturing loving place to rest. Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night.
  7. Attune yourself to nature’s rhythms. Feed yourself fresh fruits and vegetables with the seasons. Enjoy the long sunshine of summer and rest deeply in winter. Notice the cycles of the moons and how they affect you. Spend time in nature and learn to be comfortable through the cycles of seasons and cycles of life.
  8. Cultivate gratitude. For the simple things in your life. For friends, work, lovers. For a dry bed and warm water. For the abundance of your life.
  9. How to have happy hips:
Come to the Happy Hips laboratory this Sunday at Live Well Studio (Sunday September 11, 2:00-4:30pm). Learn a hip loving sequence and practice it a few times each week. You’re body will thank you for it.
  1. Use a small ball or yoga block between your knees in bridge pose and squats to develop inner thigh strength.
  2. Learn safe ways to practice pigeon pose and release your overacheiving outer hips without harming your knees.
  3. Learn to stretch and strengthen all the way around your hips: Iliopsoas; Quads, Adductors, Abductors, Glutes, Hamstrings… Don’t neglect any direction of movement.
  4. Learn your anatomy and notice the actions in your life that exacerbate hip pain. Change your environment so that you support strong flexible hips.
  5. Walk, swim, or do yoga daily.
  6. Love your hips! Give them a daily oil massage. Soak them in Epsom salts. Treat them with the care they deserve.

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