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Alignment Socks now Available!

Foot alignment socks
Foot alignment socks

Available in gray in the L + L Boutique.

We are so excited to add the “My Happy Feet” Foot Alignment Socks to the Long + Lean Boutique!!  These socks are the answer to all of your foot pain and alignment issues and will help everyone prevent future issues.

We spend most of our time every day in shoes that are too narrow for our toes. On top of that, common misalignments, like shifting your weight forward of your hips, can put more stress on your toes than is supposed to be there (has your Pilates teacher said ‘back your hips up’ to you lately!?) Because of this, and the under use of the intrinsic muscles of our feet, many people suffer from bunions, poor circulation, hammer toes, and chronic foot pain. Believe it or not, bunions and other foot alignment issues are not inevitable, even if they “run” in your family. There are steps you can take to prevent and alleviate these issues, and Foot Alignment Socks are at the top of the list.

Wanna check out the health of your feet and toes?  Take your shoes and socks off and see if you can separate your toes. Seems easy, right? But for most of us, its actually quite difficult! Wearing Foot Alignment Socks while lounging around at home or sleeping will help stretch the tight muscles around the toes and restore your ability to move your toes and wake up the under used muscles in your foot.

Here are the many benefits of using Foot Alignment Socks:

  • Improved circulation
  • Correct alignment of the toes
  • Foot pain alleviation
  • Prevention of bunions and hammer toes
  • Plantar fasciitis relief
  • Better use of the muscles in the foot
  • Minimization of foot cramps

The socks are available in small, medium, and large in the Long + Lean boutique for $19.95. Give them a try; they are a perfect compliment to the alignment and flexibility work you do in Pilates!

 

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Core Strength: What’s the Big Deal?

Reason numero uno for doing Pilates is always….”amazing core strength!” Pilates is a method built around strengthening the core and just about everyone out there tells you to increase your core strength. But why? What does increased core strength give you?  First let’s talk about what the core actually is…

Yes, the core includes your abdominal muscles.  That means not just your six pack muscles (the rectus abdominis), but also your internal and external obliques, and your transverse abdominis. Pilates works all of these abdominal muscles, thank goodness, because they are all integral to having strong and flat abs. But your core goes beyond your abs. Also included (and worked in Pilates) are the pelvic floor, glutes, multifidi, diaphragm, psoas, lats, and quite a few other muscles of the back and hips that stabilize your pelvis, spine, and shoulder girdle. The important thing to know here is that a strong core means more than six pack abs.

Pilates is such a great workout because it works all of those muscles listed above in every exercise. Each and every Pilates exercise is designed to work your core and train your body to stabilize your limbs with those support muscles. Pilates devotees all have super strong and efficient core muscles. When I say efficient I mean they’re quick to engage and support you when the body needs to move and do all the crazy things your life asks you to do.

So let’s talk about why that’s so important…the core muscles, especially the deep ones like the pelvic floor, transverse abdominis, and psoas, are the muscles that turn on just before your mover muscles (quads, pecs, etc.) start performing. The deep core should work intuitively to protect your spine and support your pelvis while your limbs are moving freely. That’s another thing about core strength: when you have it, your other muscles don’t have to try to compensate so they’re free to do their own job easily and effectively. Movement efficiency means you work less to get the same thing done, which is so amazingly important for athletes but also for everyone else too.

As I mentioned before, core strength supports your pelvis and protects your spine. Which will, in turn, protect your from injury and keep you free of back issues and pain. Injuries can occur to anyone, not just athletes and weekend warriors. You can hurt yourself twisting to get a bag in the car, bending over to pick up your toddler, walking down your driveway. Also, core strength will improve your balance and coordination, meaning you won’t fall as easily or you’ll be able to recover from a stumble without spraining your ankle.

Beyond all of these benefits that will make you move better and feel better, core strength will help you look better too! Not only will focusing on your core muscles give you a flatter belly, slimmer thighs, and a toned behind, core strength also helps improve your posture and make it easier for you to sit up and stand tall without having to work too hard at all.  A strong core will give you the ability to maintain great posture without even having to think about it. Woohoo!

Are you convinced that having a strong core is well worth it? Great! Now come do Pilates with Long + Lean and start strengthening that core!!