Lower back pain, such as from sciatica, can be debilitating. Photo: Shutterstock

Why Hongkongers get sciatica, and three yoga moves to deal with the lower back pain

Sciatica is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a bulging disc or tight buttock muscles. Yoga teacher and therapist Dilip Pillai shows how to stretch properly to alleviate symptoms of this painful, debilitating condition

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Lower back pain, such as from sciatica, can be debilitating. Photo: Shutterstock
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Heather Thomas Shalabi

Heather Thomas Shalabi

Heather Thomas Shalabi became a Pilates devotee 15 years ago, after moving to Hong Kong. Her recognition of the benefits of Pilates, and passion for the discipline led her to embark on intensive training, completing her full Studio certification through Polestar in 2003. After working in Hong Kong clubs and studios for two years, Heather opened Flex Studio in January of 2005. Pre and Post Natal conditioning through Pilates and the Gyrotonic Expansion System is an area Heather has studied extensively, having practiced both systems of movement regularly during her first and second pregnancies. Heather's interest in movement and the body stems from her decade-long training in classical ballet whilst a young girl, and subsequent daily yoga practice whilst living in New York City in the 1990’s. Recently Heather has embarked on the study of Traditional Pilates, studying under Benjamin Degenhardt and his 360°Pilates Continuing Education program, which she hosts every year in Hong Kong. She also leads workshops annually around Asia.