10 Minutes to a Better Teaser [Before and After!]

Guest Contributor: Nichole L’vov, Pilates Instructor Teaser is one of the most challenging exercises in the Pilates mat repertoire.  It requires a complex series of movements and rapid firing of multiple muscles in order to accomplish.  Many Pilates enthusiasts find that they are not able to perform the exercise at all or if they can,

Name That Muscle [CONTEST]

You use this muscle when you flare your nostrils. This muscle has two regions. The buccal branch of the facial nerve innervates it.   Think you know the answer? Send your guess to All correct entries will be entered into a raffle. One lucky winner will receive a FREE soma system® Roller Squad! And CONGRATULATIONS to Natasha B.,

4 Tips for Banishing Headaches

“You’re giving me a headache!”  How often do we find ourselves screaming this to family members or coworkers who are getting on our case?  For many of us though, this statement can be very true.  According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches.  The most common type is

3 Things You Always Wondered About Platysma (but were afraid to ask)

The platysma is a superficial sheet-like muscle that drapes over the upper parts of the deltoid and pectoralis major, overlapping them and then ultimately covering most of the front of the neck. 1.  What ends up when platysma goes into spasm? You end up involuntarily grimacing–a lot. This is sometimes visible in Meige’s syndrome. 2.  YES,

Rescuing Your Rhomboids: Unsung Heroes of the Upper Back

We all know that guy who discretely carries the team with his quiet but consistent performance every week but doesn’t ask for much acknowledgement in return. Many people associate a higher profile muscle like the trapezius with the upper back and shoulders, but the rhomboids play a vital role in stabilizing the scapula and maintaining

Name that Muscle [CONTEST!]

The superior part of this muscle is covered by sternocleidomastoid and its inferior part is covered by the trapezius. When the spine is fixed, this muscle elevates the scapula and rotates its inferior angle medially. This muscle’s belly is about two fingers wide with fibers that naturally twist around themselves. Wearing a heavy backpack with

4 Benefits of Well-Balanced Chest Muscles

First, let’s dash some hopes by clarifying that this isn’t a list about secondary sex characteristics or mate selection—it’s about functional anatomy. The reason you should keep reading is because you, like most people, probably have tight chest muscles from doing normal daily activities, such as working at a desk, driving, or carrying a bag.

Achy Upper Back? Help is on the Way

After a long day at work, do you want a shoulder rub? a back massage? Many of us who spend hours seated at a desk often fall into a slouched posture. This position rounds our shoulders, hunches our upper backs, and strains the necks forward. Overtime, holding our bodies up in this unbalanced position results

7 Fun Facts about Feet

1.  Babies are born with a pad of fat where an arch would normally be. Their arches don’t usually develop until they are 2 ½ years old. 2. Polydactylism is the technical term for extra toes and fingers. The condition is reported in about 1-2 of every 1,000 children, according to a 1994 study in the

3 Tips for Preserving Barefoot Bliss

While your days of barefoot tree climbing, beach combing, and general outdoor adventuring may have declined over the years, summer still represents a time when many of us dare to bare our feet slightly more often than, say, the dead of winter. This is great news for the skin on our feet, which needs to


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