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Lilian Jarvis

Lilian Jarvis
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Toronto native Lilian Jarvis is a former principal dancer and charter member of the National Ballet of Canada. After a 12-year ballet career, she left in 1963 for further study in New York City where she discovered the technique of the famous American dancer/choreographer, Martha Graham. This technique became the basis of her health-oriented exercise program, Somatic Stretch®, which she created after returning to the stage at the age of 45 to dance the role of Juliet in the classic ballet Romeo and Juliet, a role she had never danced before. The success of this performance was convincing proof that her method of somatic exercise was a way to maintain a mobile and vital body into the later years of life, She opened a studio in 1980 and began teaching her method with the aim of bringing body awareness and self care to the forefront of human consciousness. Along with her daughter, Meredith Sands Keator, she has also created an online training program for individuals committed to their own self care or as possible future instructors of the technique.

Grow Your Buttocks Or Use Your Buttocks?

"Big buns” My blog this time was prompted by a flood of posts coming into my inbox around January of this year about how to...

Buttock Strengthening Vs. Yoga Bridge

In 1980, when I started teaching my program, Somatic Stretch (called BioSomatics at the time), yoga classes barely existed. The few you might find were in church basements,...

The Secret Behind No Low Back Pain

If you’re one of the millions of individuals who suffer from low back pain — and if that doesn’t apply to you now there’s...

Core Stability vs Core Strength

When talking about your core muscles, you might think that the ultimate goal is to make them as strong as possible. Like working out any...