Start Your 7-day Free Trial Today >>

Which Way Are You Breathing In Footwork On The Reformer?

"I breathe in when I push out and I exhale on the way in."

Great. This breathing pattern will help you control the carriage on the way in, and by cueing to inhale into the back ribs you can melt your rib cage onto the carriage, hence helping keep the front ribs together and the abdominals engaged...

Continue Reading...

Pilates Exercises for Ankle Stability and Mobility

Ankles that are flexible and strong are key to preventing injuries, falls, and compensations up the kinetic chain. A list of ankle stability and mobility exercises has been added to the Pilates Encyclopedia.

Here’s a few to get you started:

  • M - Balance on a half roller: foot lengthwise on...
Continue Reading...

Comparing Ankle Dorsi- and Plantar Flexion Exercises on Reformer, Trapeze Table and Chair

When your goal is to strengthen and correct your (student’s) feet and ankles, you have lots of apparatuses and exercises to choose from. But which would be best? Why should I do Footwork on the Trapeze Table instead of the Reformer? Let’s compare ankle dorsi- and plantar flexion...

Continue Reading...

Comparing Supine Leg Springs on the Trapeze Table to Feet in Straps on the Reformer

At first glance these two exercises seem to be very similar and you might be wondering which one to choose. Let’s look at each differing factor:

Getting The Feet Into The Loops

  • T- Getting the feet into the straps is easier, the teacher can expand the springs to help, and table...
Continue Reading...

External Hip Rotation Exercises

This list includes exercises that improve external rotation of the hip joint either by lengthening the internal rotators or by strengthening the external rotators.

Trapeze Table

  • Hip Opener
  • Side Lying Leg Springs: Passé

Reformer

  • Thighs in Straps (springs assist external rotation and...
Continue Reading...

Watch The Moment of Return

 

Pilates is all about control, don’t we know it.

In this video, I’ll talk about how co-contraction of agonist and antagonist around a joint makes your movement fluid and your joints stable.

Often we focus on the first part of the exercise, pulling on the bar or the strap, and then we...

Continue Reading...

Should you Choose Round Back or Flat Back Exercises?

 

Have you ever wondered whether you should choose the flat back version of Short Box on the Reformer or Ladder Barrel or the round back version?


If you were trained classically, then you might do both, but if your approach is more contemporary or rehab oriented, you might be unsure of what’s...

Continue Reading...

The Difference between Climb a Tree on the Reformer and the Ladder Barrel

Have you every wondered why you would choose one over the other? I'll try and give you some guidelines.

First of all, just by looking at the two apparatuses, the most obvious and visible differences between the two pieces are:

  1. The barrel is round while the box on the Reformer is rectangular.
  2. The...
Continue Reading...

Manage Plantar Fasciitis with Pilates

I'm seeing more and more people at my studio suffering from plantar fasciitis (PF). PF has a tendency to linger around for a while; it seems to be difficult to get rid of, which might be one of the reasons for the increased number of people dealing with this painful condition. Inactivity...

Continue Reading...

Improve Your Technique Of The Chest Lift

 

As you probably know, the Chest Lift is a foundational Pilates mat exercise, which is part of many other exercises as well, i.e. all exercises of the Stomach Series (Single Leg Stretch, Double Leg Stretch, etc.), as well as The Hundred (on the mat and the Reformer), Coordination, Backstroke...

Continue Reading...
Close

50% Complete

Let's Stay In Touch

Enter your name and email address to receive all the latest news and updates from Pilates Encyclopedia.