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Anatomy of the Body For Pilates

Pilates and Anatomy
Your body has muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves which work together to create movement in pilates. It is wise to have some understanding of anatomy, or at least have something to reference, to help you move in the most efficient way.
I even go to my anatomy book when I have something that [...]

Muscle Groups for Pilates

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!
Scapula Elevators

Trapezius (upper fibers)
Rhomboid major
Rhomboid minor
Levator Scapula

Scapula Depressors

Trapezius (lower fibers)
Serratus anterior
Pectoralis minor

Shoulder Flexors

Pectoralis major
Biceps brachii

Shoulder Extensors

Latissimus dorsi
Teres major
Teres minor
Pectoralis major
Triceps brachii

Elbow Flexors

Biceps brachii
Pronator teres

Elbow Extensors

Triceps brachii

Spinal Flexors

Rectus abdominis
External [...]

Alleviate Muscle Cramps in Pilates

Some of my clients get muscle cramps (particularly in the calf and foot), and it really kills them when doing the footwork series on the reformer. Our feet do have twenty something muscles and it doesn’t surprise me that the feet might tend to grip initially when learning such an exercise.
With everyone so busy [...]

Easing Muscle Soreness for Pilates

I have two GREAT tips to ease soreness from your previous pilates workout, early evening jog, workout in the gym, etc. I keep these contents in labeled and recycled glass jars in my bathroom for easy access.
The key to easing soreness is to rest, hydrate, and replenish your body with healthy nutrients.
Post Pilates [...]

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