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Hypermobility and Pilates, with Natalie Wilson and Raphael Bender

Resources mentioned in the episode:

  • Hypermobile people have poorer digestive motility and more digestive problems here
  • Hypermobile people have lower blood pressure and faint more often here
  • Hypermobile people have much higher rates of anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia here
  • Hypermobility is characterized by generalized increased pain sensitivity here
  • Pain in hypermobility is likely caused by central nervous system sensitization here
  • Maybe that’s why excessive focus on body sensations contributes to pain and disability in hypermobile people here
  • Exercise is safe and feasible for people with hypermobility here
  • No evidence that any specific kind of exercise is better here and here
  • Generalized exercise works just as well as targeted exercise here
  • Heavy strength training appears to be safe and beneficial here
  • Exercise into the hypermobile range and exercise in neutral are equally beneficial here
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About Raphael Bender:

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

How to Connect with Raphael:

Purchase Raph’s books:

  • Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here
  • How to make $100k/year teaching Pilates here
About Natalie Wilson:

Born and raised in Hawaii, Natalie’s foundation in movement comes from years of training in the native dances of Hawaii and Tahiti.  After college, Natalie pursued a career in social work and mental health.  She discovered Pilates after the birth of her second child and loved how the practice gave her renewed strength, energy, and focus. Desiring a career shift, Natalie enrolled in a comprehensive Pilates training program, graduating in early 2017.  In addition, Natalie received her National Pilates Certification in 2020 and her Pilates Certification from Breathe Education in February 2022.  She currently teaches at Vitality Pilates as well as the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and too many houseplants.

How to Connect with Natalie:

  • Find Natalie on Instagram here
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