Day: January 19, 2017

PILATES + SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

It’s ski season! The pure joy of skiing down a mountainside of sparkling powder, surrounded by tall evergreens and a brilliant blue sky!

Then, after that first day of tackling moguls, dodging trees and other skiers ~ the fatigue and soreness of the legs and hips kick in. This is partly because of muscle overuse and lack of core strength.  If the core is not working enough, your legs and hips have to work harder to stabilize you.

Pilates will stretch tight, overused leg muscles, such as the quads and hip flexors and strengthen underused muscles such as the hamstrings and inner thighs.

Skiers rely on side to side hip movement to recruit the inside and outside edge of the ski. Boarders tilt their hips forward and back to access the front and back edge of the board and use a more rotational movement to change directions. A strong core gives you better edge control. Edge control improves balance, as you navigate the twists and turns of the slope at high speeds, the ever-changing snow conditions and ability to get up unscathed when you take a tumble.

By practicing Pilates, core strength and alignment improves and you become more in tune with your body. Movements are fluid, there is less wear and tear on joints and your sport becomes more enjoyable. You’ll find yourself adapting better to changing snow conditions, challenging terrain, and falling less.

Here are some mat exercises you could start today:

1)   The Hundred: core, arms, hip stabilizer

2)  The Abdominal Series

  • Single leg stretch
  • Double leg stretch
  • Single straight leg stretch
  • Double straight leg stretch
  • Criss-cross

3)  The Side Lying Leg Kick Series

  • Front/Back
  • Up/Down
  • Small Circles
  • Inner Thigh lifts
  • Bicycle
  • Small Circles
  • Inner Thigh lifts

Nothing will improve your skiing faster than a strong core. Cross-train by adding a Pilates mat class to your fitness regime or perhaps a private session with your Pilates Instructor.

Stay strong ~ ski safe!

Intro to Yoga Therapy + Self Massage

Saturday, February 18th

Mind/Body Studio. From 3:00PM to 5:00PM.

SAC Members $25, Guests $35 plus guest fee.

Give your body some much needed TLC after six weeks of working on your new year’s resolutions! During this workshop, you’ll explore simple movements to help your shoulders, hips, and back feel and function better, as well as learn self massage techniques for hands, feet, and more. Come ready to experiment and work out some kinks.

Please e-mail Kat Selvocki: kat@flatmatyoga.com.

 

Mindful Partnering

February 11th – 12th, 2017 | Seattle, WA

Reconnect with your partner this Valentine’s Day at the SAC Mindful Partnering workshop.

Using a diverse range of play therapy techniques, participants will leave this course knowing how to:

  • Give a loving couple’s massage.
  • Improve communication.
  • Identify what’s at the root of their arguments.
  • Reaffirm their vision of a loving and respectful relationship.

E-mail Lindsey at LJackson@sacdt.com to sign up.