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Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California.  She currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, which was awarded Best Acupuncture Center by Boston Magazine. Areas of specialty include women's health, pregnancy, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. Jessica also serves as a health care consultant for integrative medical institutes, infertility centers, and green spas.

Prior to her consulting work, Jessica founded an integrative health center in Boston. The eco-friendly center was one of the first twenty-five companies certified as a Sustainable Business Leader in Boston. The center was the recipient of several awards, including Mayor Menino's Green Business Award, a multiple recipient of Boston Business Journal's Best Workplace, Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Award for Massage Therapy as well as Best Acupuncturists in Boston, Best Eco-Friendly Massage, Eco-Beauty Bar, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Workout.

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Mind-Body Exercise for Healthy Hockey Hips

From the desk of Kristen M. Reynolds, DPT, CPT...

Do you think the Boston Bruins merely hit the weight room during the offseason?  Try again. Many NHL players, especially current Stanley Cup champions, are using Pilates and yoga to balance their bodies for injury prevention and rehabilitation.
The strength and flexibility of the hip girdle is vital to a hockey player. These athletes commonly suffer from adductor strains (i.e. groin pulls) and hip flexor tendinitis, which can easily be prevented with core strengthening and mobility exercises. During a private yoga and Pilates session, a trained instructor will be able to identify body imbalances, target functional, sport specific motions, such as hip and trunk rotation, and enhance mental preparation.

Tim Thomas’ yoga practitioner determined that his left trapezius muscle was shorter and tighter than his right, which created an imbalance and affected the movement with his catching glove. The highly acclaimed goaltender credits yoga to improving hip mobility and balance to enhance his play on the ice, especially when playing through the 2008-2009 season with a torn labrum well enough to win the Vezina Trophy.

Thomas’ teammate, Mark Recchi, who announced his retirement after Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals at the age of 43 (elderly in NHL years), also found the integrative approach essential to his success. He reported that yoga and Pilates “is one of the best things I ever decided to do when faced with the realization of retirement and wanting to “go out” on top...my posture has improved, core strength fortified, leg strength enhanced, and joint mobility and flexibility have increased 10 fold. My stamina is significantly greater. I’m playing hockey stronger and more youthful then when I began my career 20 yrs ago and this was only after a few sessions.”

Pilates will strengthen the muscles essential to hitting the ice, such as the obliques (to increase shot power), gluteals (to develop speed and stability on skates), and improve the coordination and control of the adductors. A certified instructor will assess the alignment, mobility, and stability of a player and design a program to target these essential components utilizing Mat exercises and equipment such as the Reformer.

Kristen M. Reynolds, DPT, CPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Pilates Teacher

Kristen Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.

While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive certification to compliment her clinical interests. She has studied with Balanced Body, Peak Pilates, and most recently Balancepoint Pilates. She is an active member of the Pilates Method Alliance, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Sections, as well as the APTA of Massachusetts Shoulder and Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Groups.

Always interested in sports and fitness, she is a former YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. Integrating the Pilates principles and Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, and Chair repertoire into her physical therapy practice has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Kristen utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury. She greatly enjoys designing programs to target personal goals, educating clients to incorporate Pilates into their daily activities, and teaching small group classes.

Book online for any private session, ballet barre, or mat class in our Boston Pilates studio or contact OMBE for additional information.

 

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