Wellness Resources: Books & Fitness Props

 

Below are some books and other items that you may find useful as resources for developing your own self-care routines and wellness-oriented personal practices, categorized by topic of interest. The fitness props listed are the same ones we use at our office (except for the Pilates Toe Corrector), and the other links are to items and resources that our clients have found helpful over the years. Note that we do not receive any compensation for the links offered below.

Pilates & General Fitness

Useful visualizations ensure you really “get” the intended emphasis of each exercise.

Useful visualizations ensure you really “get” the intended emphasis of each exercise.

Includes advanced “Reformer on the Mat” exercises for an added challenge.

Includes advanced “Reformer on the Mat” exercises for an added challenge.

The most comfortably thick and durable general-purpose fitness mat we’ve found.

The most comfortably thick and durable general-purpose fitness mat we’ve found.

Foot & Ankle Strengthening

Correct big toe or arch alignment and strengthen your base of support.

Correct big toe or arch alignment and strengthen your base of support.

Pilates Toe Corrector for correcting big toe alignment and strengthening arches.

Pilates Toe Corrector for correcting big toe alignment and strengthening arches.

Airex Pad for balance and stabilization exercises.

Airex Pad for balance and stabilization exercises.

Foam Rolling & Self-Care

Myofascially-focused ball rolling techniques in detail.

Myofascially-focused ball rolling techniques in detail.

Soft foam roller and ball rolling techniques.

Soft foam roller and ball rolling techniques.

Short-term relief for tight or sore muscles, headaches, etc.

Short-term relief for tight or sore muscles, headaches, etc.

A softer foam roller for techniques with a myofascial or neuromuscular emphasis.

A softer foam roller for techniques with a myofascial or neuromuscular emphasis.

Soft “Franklin Balls” for exercises and gentle rolling.

Soft “Franklin Balls” for exercises and gentle rolling.

Firm “Pinkie Ball” for foot exercises and trigger points.

Firm “Pinkie Ball” for foot exercises and trigger points.

Yoga & Stretching

A classic text on the practice of Hatha Yoga.

A classic text on the practice of Hatha Yoga.

For efficiently increasing flexibility, while building strength through your full range of motion.

For efficiently increasing flexibility, while building strength through your full range of motion.

Durable, heavy, non-slip cork yoga blocks.

Durable, heavy, non-slip cork yoga blocks.

Fascia & Anatomy

Tom Myers’ groundbreaking work on the Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians.

Tom Myers’ groundbreaking work on the Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians.

Both of Bernie Clark’s books on yoga anatomy are excellent technical manuals.

Both of Bernie Clark’s books on yoga anatomy are excellent technical manuals.

Both of Bernie Clark’s books on yoga anatomy are excellent technical manuals.

Both of Bernie Clark’s books on yoga anatomy are excellent technical manuals.

Managing Stress & Chronic Tension

Restorative Yoga techniques, bolstering, and positioning.

Restorative Yoga techniques, bolstering, and positioning.

Breathwork exercises, techniques, and stretches.

Breathwork exercises, techniques, and stretches.

TRE: Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises. Skip to the end for the exercises.

TRE: Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises. Skip to the end for the exercises.

Standard-sized restorative yoga bolster.

Standard-sized restorative yoga bolster.

Narrow bolster for breathing exercises and chest/shoulder stretches.

Narrow bolster for breathing exercises and chest/shoulder stretches.

Neck support pillow.

Neck support pillow.

Inner Resilience & Mind-Body Balance

An overview of stress management theory, methods, and techniques, backed by modern science.

An overview of stress management theory, methods, and techniques, backed by modern science.

Meditations and exercises to build emotional resilience and mind-body balance for sensitive/intuitive types.

Meditations and exercises to build emotional resilience and mind-body balance for sensitive/intuitive types.

Calm the nervous system and manage stress to reduce chronic pain symptoms.

Calm the nervous system and manage stress to reduce chronic pain symptoms.

Wrist & Forearm Health

Mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches for tactile feedback (PC/Linux).

Mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches for tactile feedback (PC/Linux).

Mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches for tactile feedback (Mac).

Mechanical keyboard with Cherry Brown MX switches for tactile feedback (Mac).

For the “Tyler Twist” exercise.

For the “Tyler Twist” exercise.