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The Science Behind Pilates

Pilates has such a loyal following partly because it can be customized to help you reach specific goals. Maybe you're a runner who wants to improve their time and prevent injuries. Or maybe you use Pilates exercises to improve specific pathologies like Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. The list goes on...

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Pilates Exercises and Cues to Improve Breathing

When we combine movement with deep breathing, we feel a sensation that Joseph Pilates called an "internal shower". Maybe you've noticed it in exercises like the Hundred. The whole body warms up and feels energized. This is one of the many reasons we feel so great after class.

Deep breathing...

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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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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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How to Lift Your Arms (Using Scapulohumeral Rhythm)

 

Should you keep your shoulders down when raising the arms overhead?

Careful, this might be a trick question.

Your initial respone might have been. Yeah, duh! Of course! Shoulders should never by up by your ears.

Weeeeeellllllll........

Overhead arm movement might be a bit more complicated than...

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Are You Tight or Are You Tight?

A muscle that feels tight is not necessarily short. On the contrary, often long, over-stretched muscles that are weak develop facial tightness as a substitute for real strength. Lengthening these muscles feels good temporarily, but it’s not going to stop the tightness from recurring. It...

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Pilates Exercises After An ACL Injury

The ACL is one of the major ligaments that connect the thighbone to the shinbone. Activities that require sudden changes of direction or speed, landing awkwardly from a jump, and collisions can increase the risk of injury. 

If you have suffered an ACL tear or sprain, check out the...

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Lengthen, Strengthen, and Stretch

Words are subjective. I’m sure you’ve tried to name a color, only to hear your friend say, “That’s not purple, it’s blue.” We associate different meaning to different words.

A “good workout” for one person means sweating, huffing and puffing until...

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Turn the Volume Up and Down

First, a short recap about concentric and eccentric muscle work. (I’ve stopped calling it contraction because I associate a shortening with the word contraction, which gets confusing as you’ll see.)

Concentric muscle action is a shortening of the muscle while it’s working....

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