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The Piriformis – a small muscle that can cause a lot of discomfort

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The bright red muscle in the picture is the piriformis muscle that can cause so much discomfort and pain when tight. Sometimes, one side is tighter then the other which can cause misalignment in the pelvis.

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This is one of the many exercises we do on the reformer to help relieve tension in the piriformis. Be sure that there are no other issues (hip, back or knee) that would override the benefit of this movement. It isn’t for everyone, but those who are able to do this enjoy the release. Click the image to learn more about this exercise.

Inspiring Instructors

Once again Body Harmonics has rocked my world with the Post Rehab Protocol: Shoulder workshop earlier this month. After having a couple of weeks to digest the information, I find myself still with a breath of fresh idea’s in my own movements as well as inspiring cues and concepts for clients.

A Snapshot of my Shoulder workshop notebook

A Snapshot of my Shoulder workshop notebook

A few fun facts that really resonate with me (my body) and my instruction of classes and clients.

  1. Fingers are very important … not just for picking up your morning coffee!
  2. Move your body around your arm … why didn’t someone just say so?! I’m kidding that is part of this inspiration SIMPLE GOOD ideas
  3. Planks can be smart … still not fun maybe, but smart when done with a few fun twists, curves and ideas.
  4. Transfer of Force in the upper limbs … like a snake, all this and more we will share with you during your class and or sessions.

Thanks Body Harmonics for keeping us educated, inspired and inspiring!

One of my favourite quotes from the course: “Collar bones are like oars on a boat” Margot McKinnon

Mandala Art Colouring Page

We continue our “behind the ART at the Art of Fitness” colouring page,  hand drawn and designed by Stephanie.

Mandala

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This month we have prints available on Stonehenge Paper. This is 100% Cotton, vellum finish, neutral pH/Acid Free paper that is suitable for acrylic, watercolour, charcoal, pen & ink, pastels, crayons (pencil and wax) and or markers.

8.5″ x 11″ print available at the studio $10 (tax included, cash only)

 

 

 

Introducing the ART behind the Art of Fitness

At the Art of Fitness we continue to embrace our deep seeded belief that the fitness industry should be about the quality of ones life. This means exploring ways to create balance, being curious and taking the time with activities that are life-giving. To participate in this, one of our 2016 resolutions, is to share original designs by Stephanie for you to colour on a monthly basis.

Colouring page

Click the image to open printable jpg copy.

A great article in Huffington Post explains the stress combating benefits of colouring for adults, Huffington Post, Arts and Culture.

We have a limited supply of laser printed copies available at the studio for a small fee (payable at the studio). The printed copies available for sale are printed on either watercolour or regular paper. The regular paper print can be used for pencils, crayons or image transfer into your own art projects. These original designs are also available on our website for you to download for free. Printing your own copy lends itself to colouring with pencils or crayons however, image transfers will not work.

  • $10 watercolour print
  • $5 plain paper print

The psychologist Luis Rojas Marcos says in the preface that “coloring comforts us, gives us peace, and lets us enjoy ourselves — it even temporarily frees us from daily pressures… Although coloring a couple of hours does not eliminate all problems and worries, it takes us away and relieves us from the stress that overwhelms us.” By Elena Santos, Huffington Post