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Newsy Pilates Ezine , Issue #6
June 16, 2011

June 2011 Issue #6

"The first wealth is health." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thank you for joining me. Together, we can enjoy our pilates exercises with increasing understanding about what our bodies need.

This month : Brilliant Shoulder Stretches - using a broomstick – I’m serious!!

1. Information about the shoulder muscles

2. Illustrated shoulder stretches

3. Video Shoulder Stretches

4. Celebrity Spotlight

Shoulder Stretches: When you consider your routine day, you’ll notice that everything you do is with your arms forward of your body. Can you think of anything you might do with arms behind? Can you fasten your underwear and clothing with a back zip? The result of all this forward activity is that our shoulder muscles suffer and pain is the result – as well as poor posture. The muscles across your chest get tight, and the upper back muscles weaken, shoulder blades move up your back and you head and shoulders drop forward – not good!!!

Because tight muscle are difficult to strengthen, the first thing you need to do is stretch your chest and shoulder muscles. Then you can look at strengthening all these muscles with our excellent shoulder and core exercises on the website.

Do you know the single most important thing you can do to improve your posture? It is this: Stand tall, head up and draw you shoulder blades (not shoulders) down your back towards the waist. Relief you’ll feel instantly.

Illustrated Shoulder Stretches

Shoulder Stretch 1: This is a gentle stretch for the back of your shoulder. Extend you left arm across the body - try to keep it fairly straight; then draw the arms towards the body using your right arm, placed just above left elbow.

Shoulder Stretch 2: This too is valuable. You'll find it will stretch the front of shoulders (and also biceps). Hold hands behind, and draw arms upwards. Whilst I'm doing this, I love to rotate arm and shoulder blade, in both clockwise and then anticlockwise movements. Make sure to breathe and relax.

You’ll find many more illustrated stretches if you visit the website and follow this link: Fully Illustrated Stretching Exercises

Shoulder Stretches VIDEO

Our Celebrity Spotlight

Cindy always looks good – she has to be over 40 now....
She’s got a couple of kids and still manages to look gorgeous. You know what I’m going to tell you! Yes, she does PILATES. Still wears a bikini too! This articles tells about her many pilates DVD’s to keep her core muscles in good order. Read More....
Til next month,
Best wishes, Pamela.

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