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About Jenn Pilotti

Jenn Pilotti has a BS in exercise physiology from UC Davis. After graduating in 2002, she was hired by the Beach and Tennis Club at Pebble Beach as a full time personal trainer. While there, she had the privilege of working with individuals of all ages, many of whom had aches and pains from a life well led. This piqued her interest in injuries, prevention, and pain. After years of undirected self study (and after leaving the security of a full time position to go out on her own), she enrolled in an online program through AT Still University, eventually acquiring a master's in human movement while working full time. After graduating, she continued to read research and write about its application to her work with clients. She fell in love with yoga in 2004, finally became 200 hour RYT in 2014 after years of workshops and self study (there seems to a theme), and continues to study somatic disciplines. She is DNS exercise trainer certified, FRCms, MovNat level I certified, GMB trainer certified, has taken PRI respiration, myokinematics, impingement and instability, and pelvis restoration, and has read an embarrassing number of books on movement, psychology, and wellness. She has an insatiable curiosity about what makes for a healthy person, physically and mentally, and she finds herself often asking why things work for some and not for others. She strongly believes in the power of knowledge and the power of movement. Learn more about Jenn Pilotti.

Is “Yoga Bod” the New Skinny?

What’s This Research About? This study provides a systematic analysis of physical appearance-related attributes from three leading yoga lifestyle magazines published between 2010-2015: Yoga Journal, Om Yoga & Lifestyle, and Yoga Magazine. Media frame content of the magazine cover captions was also analyzed, in addition to whether differences in characteristics existed depending [...]

By |2018-09-10T22:54:17+00:00September 11th, 2018|Yoga Methods, Yoga Poses|0 Comments

Does Yoga Promote a Positive Body Image?

What’s This Research About? Traditionally, yoga is a holistic philosophy that integrates the mind and the body; other principles include ethical behavior towards the self and others. Hatha yoga, the most widely practiced form  of yoga in the US, utilizes physical postures, movement, controlled breathing, and meditation to improve physiological and psychological [...]

By |2018-08-06T20:30:13+00:00August 7th, 2018|Yoga Methods, Yoga Poses|2 Comments

Is Sacroiliac Joint Instability Related to Chronic Pelvic Pain?

What’s This Research About? Sacroiliac joint instability is one of the possible causes of low back pain and pelvic girdle pain. However, it is difficult to determine true movement of the SI joint.  This study measures movement in the SI joint using Radiostereometric analysis (RSA is considered a highly precise and accurate way [...]

By |2018-07-09T22:03:49+00:00July 10th, 2018|Conditions, Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Do Strengthening and Stretching Exercises Alter the Resting Position of the Scapulae?

What’s This Research About? The aim of this research review is to examine whether the evidence supports an exercise intervention of stretching the anterior aspect of the shoulder and strengthening the scapular retractors to alter the resting position of the scapula in individuals with abducted scapulae. TITLE: Effectiveness of Strengthening and Stretching [...]

By |2018-06-04T22:14:13+00:00June 5th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Stretching|0 Comments

Does Scapular Stability Matter?

What’s This Research About? This perspective article examines the idea that an unstable scapula is related to shoulder pathology and dysfunction. The authors question this long-held belief, challenging the concepts of scapular instability and scapula dyskinesia as causes of shoulder pain and dysfunction. TITLE: Critical and Theoretical Perspective on Scapular Stabilization: What [...]

How Scapula Position Affects Muscular Activation in Plank

What’s This Research About? The prone plank is often used to improve core strength, stability, and endurance. Previous research has shown the prone plank activates a variety of core muscles, including the internal oblique, rectus abdominis, external oblique, and the erector spinae. To correctly perform the prone plank requires keeping the spine [...]

By |2018-04-16T17:57:17+00:00April 17th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Other Exercises, Yoga Poses|2 Comments

Can Isometric Exercises Help with Pain Relief?

What’s This Research About? The primary goal of this research was to determine if isotonic or isometric exercise was effective at inducing an analgesic effect within a physical therapy protocol. The secondary goal was determining changes to cortical motor function in the CNS directly following an acute bout of exercise. Tendinopathy can [...]

By |2018-03-01T10:36:39+00:00March 6th, 2018|Conditions, Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Stretching Concepts for Exercise and Rehabilitation

What’s This Research About? This paper looks at the research surrounding stretching and how it fits into a well-rounded physical activity program and/or in a rehabilitation setting. TITLE: Current Concepts in Muscle Stretching for Exercise and Rehabilitation ORIGINAL LINK PUBLICATION: International Journal of Sports and Physical Therapy DATE: 2012 AUTHORS : Phil Page Active muscle tension: [...]

By |2018-02-05T11:24:43+00:00February 6th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Stretching|0 Comments

The First Systematic Review on Eccentric vs Concentric Training and Muscle Strength

What’s This Research About? Is eccentric training better for building strength? Previous research suggests eccentric muscle actions differ from concentric muscle actions. Mechanically, eccentric muscle contraction leads to greater force production when compared to concentric muscle contractions. This preliminary research has lead researchers to speculate that eccentric resistance training could stimulate greater [...]

By |2018-01-08T15:59:35+00:00January 9th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Other Exercises, Yoga Poses|0 Comments

Comparison of Four Hamstring Stretches

What’s This Research About? What’s the best hamstring stretch? It’s never that easy! Even though we believe flexibility is beneficial for athletic performance and for general well-being, there isn’t much research that proves its effectiveness. In addition, knowing which stretching technique is the best to improve flexibility is up for debate. This study [...]

By |2017-12-11T22:01:11+00:00December 12th, 2017|Musculoskeletal, Stretching|0 Comments