Flexibility Role in Lindy Royer Lives

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Lindy Royer is my mentor and my friend. She helped me start my Pilates journey years ago. It was Lindy who inspired me to become an instructor, then took a chance on me by hiring me for my first instructor role in her Studio.

As an experienced Pilates teacher and physiotherapist, Lindy brings a wealth of experience to this conversation. That is why it helps to answer several questions from our members.

In this episode we discuss the role of flexibility in our lives, the best exercises for the lower back and how to age well. You won’t want to miss hearing Lindy’s expertise first-hand. Press Play to listen.

You’ll want to listen to this episode if you’re interested…

  • Improved flexibility [7:42]
  • The best exercises to strengthen the lower back [27: 48]
  • The best exercises for sciatica pain [40: 50]
  • Improvement of pain in the coccyx and sacrum [49: 04]
  • How to feel comfortable in old age [54:40]
  • How to work with Osteo problems [1:06:43]

Is it bad to be inflexible?

We use the word flexibility very often and people often come to Pilates to look for more flexibility in their lives. But what does this even mean? Is it bad to be inflexible? How flexible should we be?

We often perceive stiffness because our brain is trying to protect us. If this is the matter, more stretching will not help. When this happens often, we are looking for greater freedom of movement in our body. Lindy has a fantastic way of helping the brain let go so we can get that range of motion back. Listen to hear your advice.

The difference between flexibility and mobility

People often use Pilates to achieve a specific and targeted goal. They often want to increase the range of motion that their body can do to become more flexible.

There is a difference between flexibility and mobility. Mobility is flexibility with total control. To have complete mobility, you need to have body awareness, strength and control. Passive flexibility is not useful – it’s the active movement that counts. You want to be able to control your joints in all directions for a full range of motion.

Science finally understands movement in a more holistic way

Science considered movement very differently just 10 years ago. Doctors knew that exercise was important, but could only prescribe it closely. We now know that we must integrate breathing into the movement of the whole body to achieve whole-body health. One of the awesome things about Pilates is that it was light years ahead of its time. The mind-body connection has always been an essential element of Pilates.

Our sympathetic nervous system controls the action-or-flight mode in our body. This puts us in Survival mode, reduces flexibility and makes us more rigid. When we are stuck in action or flight mode, we cannot access the creative thinking part of our brain.

Listen to this episode to find out why a strong back does not necessarily eliminate pain, how to best action nerve pain and how to use Pilates to age well. If you would like to know more about Lindy, you can see her in our previous episode or check out her lessons on the Lindywell app.

Resources and people mentioned

Episode 66 – the healing and strengthening power of Pilates with Lindy Royer
The National Osteoporosis Center

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