MELT to a pain free posture

melt logoMonique & Anne are presenting The MELT Method, a simple self-treatment method that combats chronic pain, improves performance, and decreases the accumulated stress caused by the repetitive postures and movements of everyday living. MELT was created by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann, based in New York City, and it’s now being taught across the country to groups and individuals by instructors trained by Hitzmann

The MELT Method is the very first Hands-off Bodywork® method developed for the general public as a self-care tool to prevent and relieve chronic pain. It’s an affordable addition to any wellness or fitness routine.

MELT WITH US on Sunday September 21 from 9:30 to 11:30, 254 Edmonton Street, unit 203

For more information on the workshop please email me at pilates-winnipeg@shaw.ca

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OPEN for Business, PILATES WINNIPEG

open doorWelcome everyone to Pilates Winnipeg, now open for business downtown at 254 Edmonton Street. I have morning, noon and after work Pilates classes for all levels. Perhaps you were coming to Pilates when I had my studio on Adelaide street. Well I’m back downtown and would be happy to teach you again.

Email me at pilates-winnipeg@shaw.ca and le’s get you booked in for fall.

See you soon,

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STOP using a roller on your IT band

IT band I’ve been saying this for years “don’t roll your IT band on a hard roller”  Don’t get me wrong!! I like the foam roller as a tool to increase the level of difficulty stabilizing a position. Take for example an abdominal exercise performed on your back. When done on the floor you will feel the prime movers contract but when the same exercise is done lying lengthwise on a roller, you’ll feel those core muscles, the deep muscles that form your inner unit ( tranverse abdominals, Multifidus, pelvic floor) Lately, I’ve been seeing people with those rollers that look like Michelin tires rolling their body weight up and down the leg. The IT band is pretty much just a tendon and so treating it like your tenderizing meat isn’t going to help. I’m all for self release but use caution with hard materials on soft tissue. Best place to start is by strengthening the glut med which can be done with good old fashion side leg lift executed properly, with good alignment, parallel legs and slow control movement.That would be the short answer. Long term you need a well balanced, total body exercise program that focuses not only on your global strength but on your stabilizers. Try Pilates Winnipeg and get ride of IT band trouble. If you are interest in reading more go to: http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/your-it-band-is-not-the-enemy#.VA0krx1aR68.facebook monique_signature

Pilates in Paris

I’ve been in Paris these last few weeks training a new generation of young and talented individuals the art of teaching STOTT PILATES® The MAT training group was a mix of Parisians, a few from the south of France, 1 Brazilian, 2 Irish, 1 English and 1 Swedish. The Stability Chair course was well attended by students I’ve trained on previous trips. Teaching in France has taught me much. One thing I know for sure is that  passion for Pilates is alive and well in Paris and that the search for wellness is a common bound we all share.  

If you are ever in Paris, studio BIOPILATES is the place to book a lesson. The owner Caroline teaches all private sessions herself assuring you of an authentic French experience in the 20 ième district. http://www.lecourspilatesparis.fr/

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My other passions when in Paris, long walks through the city, shopping at gallery Lafayette and a rare break in my schedule for dinner with French actress and certified STOTT PILATES instructor Marie-Jo Buffon

À la prochaine Paris!

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