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Nora’s Corner
Where Science and Movement Collide: Reflections on how fascia research can influence our work as Pilates and movement teachers.
Nora St. John is Education Program Director for Balanced Body.

Fascia has been a buzz word in the Pilates and fitness communities since the publication of Thomas Myer's ground-breaking book, Anatomy Trains: myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, in 2001. The concept of myofascial meridians confirmed and reinforced our understanding of the body as an interconnected whole rather than a disconnected bunch of parts.

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Injury resource article

Understanding Your Fascia
Fascia may be the missing piece for your lingering injury.
By Julia Lucas Published June 10, 2011

You've got this injury you just can't shake.You take time off. You ice and stretch and do all the right things but you're still limping home. You spend too much time trying to articulate your particular brand of hurt to those loved ones who still put up with you. You follow referrals to physical therapists and massage therapists and you'd go to an aromatherapist if it'd help you run again, but nothing does. You diagnose yourself on WebMD: You're a structurally flawed human being for whom recovery is impossible.


The answer may be right under your fingertips. About 2mm under your fingertips, to be precise. Under your skin, encasing your body and webbing its way through your insides like spider webs, is fascia. Fascia is made up primarily of densely packed collagen fibers that create a full body system of sheets, chords and bags that wrap, divide and permeate every one of your muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels and organs. Every bit of you is encased in it. You're protected by fascia, connected by fascia and kept in taut human shape by fascia.

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Resource Library

More About ELDOA
ELDOA is a revolutionary technique created by French osteopath Dr Guy Voyer. ELDOAs are postural exercises that reduce pressure on specific spinal segments resulting in a wide range of benefits. Click here for more details.

I've fallen. Now how do I get up?
Posted: 04/03/14 - Last updated: 09/28/14
Link to ArticleLink to YouTube
"Hello Everyone, Have a look at this video with it's many examples of yield/push, head/tail, forward and lateral weight shifts. These techniques all call for upper-body strength so it's a good reason to practice 3-D Workout!"
Dianne Woodruff,
Originator of 3-D Workout™

The Science of Mindfulness
U of T Magazine - Spring 2014
Click here to read the article (PDF).
"Researchers are producing mountains of evidence that meditation can boost satisfaction, improve health and reduce burnout in fields ranging from business to social work to education."

The Right Way to do Kegals: Exercise like a Jellyfish
Special to The Globe and Mail -  03/12/14
Kegel (rhymes with bagel) are you doing them? If you are, are you doing them correctly? Should you be doing them at all? Shouldn’t everyone be doing them, you ask? Everyone should be exercising their pelvic floor, but doing Kegels is not always the best choice. Let’s look at Kegels, talk about why you should or shouldn’t be doing them and consider how to better approach your pelvic-floor fitness. Click here to read the rest of the article The Right Way to do Kegals (PDF).