Lynda Lippin has been a Pilates instructor for over 20 yrs. Those of you active on social internet might already know Lynda, she is a popular Pilates blogger, that's how I met her. She is also an ex-pat teaching Pilates at a resort in the Turks and Caicos islands, which to my mind makes her very exotic.
Just in case you can't make it to the Caribbean, Lynda has created some Pilates exercise podcasts that are definitely worth checking out if you have lower back or neck pain, or instruct those who do.
Lynda Lippin - Pilates Audio Podcasts
Pilates exercise podcasts like the two I review here, have some pros compared to DVDs. Top of the list is that they make Pilates instruction so portable and you don't risk losing your alignment to look at a screen. On the other hand, without the visual component, the instructor has to give excellent instructions and cues. Happily, Lynda Lippin is an experienced instructor who is able to talk us through detailed instructions with few glitches. For those who are completely new to the moves she introduces, it might take a listen or two to understand the exercise, but that's easy with a podcast. I also appreciate Lynda's relaxed tone and pacing.
In the back and neck pain podcasts, Lippin takes the time to lead one into into the subtle shifts of body placement and attention that make the exercises supportive of healing for the back and neck. She also gives valuable cues about how to initiate the exercises and reassurances about how they might feel.
The podcasts are 25 to 30 minutes long, each moving through a sequence of easy but effective exercises for neck or lower back pain. Cost: $7.77.
Pilates Exercise Podcast for Neck Pain
This sequence moves through gentle strength and range of motion exercises. These are key to developing the inner connections your body needs in order to support the head and neck in a pain free way. It is an upper body focused series but of course, we are doing Pilates so Lippin starts with breathing, the pelvic floor, and the abdominals.
Once the core is engaged the sequence moves on teaching the body how to support the head, arms and shoulders to move freely. The sequence works the front and back of the body and moves from lying down to mid-level and on to standing. You will need to be able to accomplish those kinds of level changes to do the podcast.
Pilates Exercise Podcast for Lower Back Pain
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that this is the kind of detailed work that those of us who struggle with back and neck pain have to do. The exercises Lippin includes in these podcasts are foundational moves that will, over time, allow over-used muscles to find their place, strengthen support muscles, and expand ones range of motion.
If you are recovering from serious back and neck pain it is important that you consult with your doctor/physical therapist before you do these programs. Some of the moves might be too challenging at first and some are held a little long for a true beginner, but you can modify those yourself.