When I started preparing this issue in early July 2021, I was feeling optimistic. It felt like the last week of school; just hold on a little longer and you'll be done for the year. But the Covid Delta variant has changed my tune in only the last few days. I've decided to ask everyone in my office to wear masks again, hopefully just for a little while. Believe me, I don't prefer it either. I feel like it's my responsibility to take better care of my clients than any other business owner, and to go above and beyond for your health. As of right now, the state of Connecticut isn't requiring mask use for fully vaccinated people. I'm evaluating the situation every day, and trying to make the best decisions for myself and for all of you. It feels like we got hit with a few surprise final exams on our last day of school. School will always end, though, and I truly believe that we will put Covid in the rearview mirror soon. Please stick with me until then! We can make it together. And we can keep enjoying the rest of the summer - let's strengthen our hips to help avoid future pain, keep (safely) seeing our family and friends and do what we love. That's the best way to make every day better than the last!
Due to the transmissibility of the covid delta variant, out of an abundance of caution, I'm asking that everyone in the office again wear a facemask, vaccinated or not. I understand we're all frustrated and tired of thinking about this virus, but it's extremely important to me to keep everyone in my office safe and healthy.
Posterior Leg Raise
Standing, holding on to a wall or high surface, bend one knee and raise the other leg as high as you can. Lower the leg nearly to the floor, then raise again. Try to keep the leg straight, not kicking out to the side. Repeat on other leg.
Side Lunge Shift
Standing with feet much wider than hips, lower in to a squat, and shift your weight from one leg to the other, slowly. You can hold a weight to make this exercise harder, but don't rush it; it's much more effective to do this slowly.
Single Leg Squat
Standing with feet at hip width, lower in to a squat, leaning your weight on to just one leg, lifting the other leg off the ground. Lift back up on just that one leg. Switch sides. (You can balance by tapping that lifted leg if you need to.)
Bridge (Single Leg Addition)
Lying comfortably, with your feet hip width apart, raise your hips, getting to a straight line from your hips to your toes. Lower slowly. Again, the more slowly you do this, the harder it is. You can also hold a weight on your pelvis for extra challenge. And you can keep one leg raised constantly, lowering and raising on a single leg, to make this exercise even harder.
Lying comfortably, feet and knees together, raise your hips in to a bridge and then open your knees, like a butterfly opening its wings. Bring your knees back together and lower your hips slowly.
Lie on your side, knees and feet stacked, knees bent. Open your top knee up, keeping your feet together. Slowly lower your knee to close. Flip to the other side to repeat with the other knee.
Bird Dog Leg Raise
Hold yourself up on your hands and knees. Raise one leg and opposite arm. You can keep your leg straight or bent, whichever is harder for you. Repeat on opposite leg and arm.
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If you get to the end of your session and feel that you just need a little more work, mention this offer for a little more time! What can we get done in an extra 5 minutes? I humbly suggest working on either your hands or feet, which can be incredibly relaxing. It's a lovely little treat at the end of your session!