Pilates Improves our Everyday Activities

One of the greatest benefits of practicing Pilates is how much it helps us in our daily lives. It can help us tackle our favorite hiking or biking trail, but it also helps in much smaller everyday activities. 

For example, maybe you can now sit at your desk for hours with improved posture...

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Pilates Exercises for Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti is a separation between the right and left halves of the rectus abdominals (the 6-pack) and a thinning and separating of the connective tissue in between. This can create a "pooch" effect and reduced strength in the trunk.

This condition is very common among postnatal...

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Elevated Radio Interview

Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Elevated Radio. 

We had a great chat about what the Pilates Encyclopedia is all about and where I see it going in the future. 

I shared how my own personal Pilates journey started and how that experience helped me develop compassion...

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How To Keep Neck Tension Out Of The Chest Lift

We curl the head, neck, and shoulders up so often in Pilates. Unfortunately, neck tension goes hand-in-hand with this movement for many people. How can we prevent this? Let's look at the Chest Lift on the Mat as an example. 

Interlace your fingers or nest one palm in the other palm so you...

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Hip Extension or Lumbar Extension

Lots of Pilates exercises require us to move our hips into extension. Take, for example, Breathing on the Trapeze Table. For many of us, it's very difficult to keep the lumbar spine neutral while lifting our hips. #gluteamnesia

In exercises like this one, how can we make sure we're truly...

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Pilates Exercises for Shoulder Protraction and Retraction

Your shoulder blades need to be able to move apart (protraction) and towards each other (retraction). 

The muscles required for protraction are your serratus anterior, the ones responsible for retraction are your rhomboids and middle trapezius.

Some of us tend to either squeeze our scapulae...

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Elongation Is a Shortcut For Good Alignment

Do a quick Bridge for me on the floor. The one where you articulate one vertebra at a time. I’ll wait. Have you noticed that your chin lifts as you roll your spine up one vertebra at a time? Sometimes we even lift our head and reposition it to keep it comfortable. Hm….. 

Now try...

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Get The Setup (Just) Right

Have you ever found yourself rushing through the setup of an exercise, just to keep the flow of a session or practice going?

For example, you used the foot loops for arm work on the Trapeze Table or Springboard.

You didn’t change the distance between Barrel and Ladder because the following...

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Understanding Planes of Movement

 

Anatomy is one of the most important things you’ll learn in your training to become a Pilates instructor. However, there's an aspect of anatomy training that has confused many students over the years. This would be the planes of movement. Having a clear understanding of the planes is...

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Pilates Exercises for Low Bone Density

Many people are nervous to get started with exercise after finding out they have low bone density. They may worry that putting their body under stress will cause an injury. Rest assured that exercising- with a few guidelines in mind- can actually decrease your risk of bone fracture. And with...

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