02.25.08 - 04:16am
Whether you’re new to pilates or an old hand at it, I’ve compiled the following documents on the fundamental principles of pilates for learning and review. Newcomers especially - learn the vital importance of the principles; they’re what make pilates unique and uniquely effective:
How to Get Started with Pilates Exercise
Pilates as Smart Exercise - Principles [...]
07.29.07 - 04:02pm
Understanding Muscles Groups and their Actions
Need help understanding which muscles do which actions? Here is a list of muscle groups and actions with the corresponding muscles!
Trapezius (upper fibers)
Trapezius (lower fibers)
07.28.07 - 11:50pm
These muscles are comprised of four muscles:
Together these muscles form a girdle spanning from the front of the torso to the back, up into the ribs and down into the pelvis. This abdominal wall not only helps to stabilize the abdominal region, but also the whole body.
The deepest layer [...]
07.11.07 - 09:57pm
Pilates Basic Principles
Pilates is based on a few “core” ideas which are called basic principles. Different instructors or pilates methods might teach slightly different principles. The five that yours truly teaches are:
Rib cage area
Scapular area and movement
Head and cervical area
Why Have Pilates Principles?
The idea is that we have five different areas of [...]
07.11.07 - 03:02am
Scapular Area and Movement
The scapulae (more commonly, the shoulder blades) are unique because of their attachment point… they don’t have one! The scapulae lie on the back and due to this lack of attachment have a great deal of mobility, making it more important than ever to use the muscles to stabilize the area.
04.18.07 - 04:35am
What Is Pilates Exercise?
When I began teaching pilates, my grandmother thought that I taught Karate. Everyone else seemed to think it was just a sister to yoga, i.e. a whole lot of stretching and not much else, and something that Oprah does.
So what exactly is pilates? And if it is just a whole bunch of [...]