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Ask Karena: Inversion Tables for Back Pain

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Karena

I am starting a new category for my blog.  I get questions everyday via email and I answer the ones that are appropriate, which is almost all of them. I am going to start posting those questions and answers here for you:


Hi Karena,
Wondering what you think of Inversion Tables. A neighbor is letting us borrow hers and I’ve tried it a couple of times.  I am 10 months postnatal so I’m having either complications or changes in my sacrum/sacroliac joint, so I am doing stretches for that more than the 50 degree/14 degree scoliosis. I don’t know if I’m moving from a 2 to 3 degree; and I don’t know with this table if it matters. Have any of your clients liked it/benefited from it? What would you recommend investing in, as far as equipment? Thanks so much for your advise.  I know you’re busy.  grace and peace, H


Great question. Thanks for your email.

An inversion table can be beneficial if there are no health problems that can be exacerbated by it.  If you have glaucoma or if you are in spasm, I don’t recommend it.  There could be other contraindications as well, I can’t think of them off the top of my head though.  Research “Contraindications for inversion tables”.

Barring contraindications, begin with a slight inversion and add breathing.  5 count inhale, 5 count exhale.  On the exhale, all the air goes out so that the muscles of the torso strengthen around the improved and lengthened alignment.  The breathing and the consequent strengthening are the most important element to your being on the inversion table.  Being 10 months post-natal there is more of a concern for strengthening and less for stretching. Your joints may just still be all loosey-goosey from the pregnancy and they just need some stability now.

Good luck!
Sending you SoCal Sunshine!

Postive Results with ScolioPilates: “It’s like a shot of Oxygen!”

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 by Karena

I get emails like this quite frequently and I thought I should probably stop keeping them to myself. So with permission from Pilates Instructor, Diane Mulholland, here is the email I received from her this morning. Thanks so much, Diane! By the way, Diane has been studying ScolioPilates through the book and webinars. She lives in London and as you know I am in SoCal. So I’m especially thrilled that the concepts have been shared so successfully virtually.

Hey Karena,

You know how you always say that the first time you put someone on the wedges they will just fall in love with you and be so amazed with how different they feel, well, I kind of put that down to your enthusiasm for your subject – and now I’m eating humble pie.

I had the first session today with the lady who will be my case study, we did some measuring, and some elongation and breathing, and then I put her on her back and wedged her and got this…

“Wow. WOW. It’s like air can come in!”


“It’s like a shot of oxygen!”

There was much more of the same.

We were both nearly crying – she said she’s been telling doctors for years that she felt her chest was tight (she’s had chronic bronchitis for ever), and they just brushed it off.

She’s utterly thrilled, I’m thrilled, it’s going to be great fun working with her :)

I’ll send you full details later, but I wanted to share that with you!

See you Friday,

Diane xxx

Butt Bra? 7Live Appearance 4.25.12

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 by Karena

Butt Bra?

January 2012 Appearance on NBC Miami

Friday, April 20th, 2012 by Karena

The regular host was away at a funeral and Jennifer the weather gal was kind enough to step in and do Pilates while wearing a pencil skirt. Thank-you, Jennifer for being such a good sport! It was really fun!!

Healthy Your Way to Sexy: Beach Butt Workout with Pilates

Friday, April 20th, 2012 by Karena

Your Beach Butt Workout! Get your summertime legs ready for those short shorts. A quick workout to burn calories and tone the legs. And best of all? Stronger legs give you more endurance to do what you love to do. That’s how you can Healthy Your Way to Sexy! Enjoy!

Healthy Your Way to Sexy: Pilates Sculpted Arms

Friday, April 20th, 2012 by Karena

Your arms have been hiding under long sleeves and sweaters for too many months. Dare to be bare and shape up the shoulders, biceps and triceps. And because it’s Pilates? You’ll be working your abs at the same time. Enjoy!

Healthy Your Way to Sexy: Pilates Desk Workout for Back Pain

Friday, April 20th, 2012 by Karena

You’ve been sitting too long and your back is aching. Go for a walk later but for now, with deadlines pending, take a few minutes (5 to be exact) and give your spine some TLC. And a happy spine is also a strong spine, so in case you need to get into something strapless soon it’s good to start with Healthy Your Way to Sexy!