In our second article in our series of "Pilates.. Are we actually doing it right" we are looking at understanding our core. In our first article we looked at "Alignment & understanding neutral". If you missed it you can find it here Pilates.. Are we doing it right part 1.
Understanding the core. If I'm honest the biggest reason people attend Therapy sessions and/or attend my Specialist Pilates classes is because of some sort of back pain. One of aims they want to achieve is to improve their "core strength" in the hope that this will improve their back pain. Whilst important there are a few more things we need to consider.
Pilates is still one of most popular forms of classes around currently (it has been for a while). Many of us do and recommend Pilates for a range of different benefits: help with back pain, posture, improve performance, and help with recurring injuries.
However over time I’ve noticed that not everyone is getting the full benefit or the full understanding of what Pilates can offer.
Over the next couple of weeks I am going to be looking at some of the key areas, which we could work on to get the most benefit from out classes.
Today we are looking the Pilates principle: Alignment. Understanding neutral and why it’s important.
Hello and happy new year to you all. After catching up on all the work which came in over the Christmas period, normality has now returned and I can get back to written some good articles for you all.
One piece of feedback that I heard a lot after the holidays, was how stiff we felt after two weeks of no Pilates. That gave me the idea for this article. I'm going to give you 5 Pilates exercises that you can in between classes*.
As a therapist, Pilates instructor & previously a fitness instructor the phrase I have heard the most without doubt is "I need to strengthen my core".
This can be for a number of reasons back pain, posture, flat stomachs, toned abdominals etc.
But the questions is will we achieve the results we want to by simply just strengthening our core?
Have you ever tried Pilates before and thought "This is too easy for me" or "I don't feel like I'm getting a good enough workout"? Well, I can tell you now that you are not on your own with this thought. I've heard this quite a few times from those cautious of doing Pilates.
However I can also tell you, if you're finding Pilates too easy then it is most likely that you are doing it wrong!
We have all seen in the press that many athletes and celebrities do Pilates. Gareth Bale, Andy Murray, Darcy Bussell etc. Does that mean we are really fitter than them if we find Pilates too easy?
Before we go into the details of what we could be doing it wrong, let's just remind ourselves of what Pilates is.
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In this next series of articles, I will be looking at the Pilates principles. As you have probably seen me mention before, I believe the principles are the most important part of any Pilates class. Without them we really aren't going to get the benefit of Pilates.
The first principle we will look at is Alignment.
There's a lot more to it then just the hundred!
Pilates. We have probably all heard of it, many of us have tried it and we probably all know someone who swears by it, but what actually is it?
One of the most effective statement of Pilates and what actually is, comes from Brooke Siler's "The Pilates Body" and she quotes the following:
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