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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

1.   HOW TO BUY DVDs
     
   

 

2.   WHAT SIZE BALL IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
     
     
 

1. Sit in a chair with your back straight and your feet flat on the ground.
(your knees and hips should be at a 90 degree angle)

2. Measure the distance from the floor to the top of the seat.

If the measurement is 60 c.m., then you need a 60 c.m. ball.
If the measurement is less than 60 c.m. you most likely need a 55 c.m. ball. If it's greater than 60 c.m., you'll get the best fit from a 65 c.m. ball.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

1.
  What makes this program different?
2.
  Which series is right for me?
3.
  How do I contact you to teach a class or workshop?
4.
  Can I attend a live class?
5.
  Why isn't there music playing during the exercises?
6.
  Does stress affect my back?
7.
  Should I wear shoes when I'm doing the workouts?
8.
  The exercises more challenging than I expected. How can I modify the exercises?

 

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What makes these programs different?
 

A. The quality of the program. The exercises, techniques, and progressions are specifically designed to develop strength, stability, and flexibility with special attention to core and postural muscles, healthy movement patterns, and alignment.

B. The instructor. This program was designed by a back health specialist. Dr. Lisa Allaire, a chiropractor and rehabilitation specialist, created this program to help people avoid, or recover from, back pain and disablility.(TOP)

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Which series is right for me?
  Order the season that you saw on PBS and that prompted your interest! The seasons complement each other, so either way, you will develop a healthier back! (TOP)
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How do I contact you to
teach a class or workshop?
  Please email me! (TOP)
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Can I attend a live class?
  Sure! Check out my current class schedule. (TOP)
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Why isn't there music
playing during the exercises?
  I purposely decided against using background music during the exercise segments. Exercising to music is fun (I use it when I run), but it can also be a distraction. The purpose of this program is to reinforce healthy movement patterns, focus on technique, and cultivate body awareness. You get more out of these exercises when you can concentrate on the instruction and your experience of the movement. I didn't want music to get in the way of your progress. (TOP)
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Does stress affect my back?
  Stress can trigger or exacerbate back pain. It is a common contributing factor to back pain, but it is rarely the only factor. Stress is like a magnifying glass. It can magnify areas of vulnerability. Luckily, exercise is a great stress-buster. (TOP)
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Should I wear shoes
when I'm doing the workouts?
 
This is your choice. You'll find that as we get into the intermediate exercises, bare feet are best. (TOP)
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The exercises are more challenging than I expected.

How can I modify the exercises?

 

Excellent question!

Every exercise in the DVD has a basic form. I suggest that you practice the basic form until you feel comfortable with it. Don't worry about completing a specific number of repetitions, just focus on doing each repetition correctly. You could practice each basic form for 2-4 reps with rest between each set. When you feel comfortable with the basic movements, move to the more challenging variations and/or increase the number of reps.

Example: You could practice walking out into the plank and holding. You don't need to add the push ups or any of the other variations until you are ready. (TOP)

     

 

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