Such a fantastic animated movie on the history of Joseph Pilates and Clara Pilates
|Our Pilates Arc has arrived from Balanced Body|
I am really excited to have two Pilates Arcs in my studio. Our clients have loved using the Pilates Arc this week, not only because it is light in weight and quick to move around but because it has added an entire new challenge to their repertoire.
As an instructor it is so light I can pick it up with two fingers, compared to the spine corrector, this makes moving equipment around, beyond easy and also prevents injury. It’s 3 in 1: a classic spine corrector combined with an exercise arc and a wedge for the reformer.
Read below to find out more about this little gorgeously slender and wonderful Pilates Arc.
The Pilates Arc is a versatile piece of equipment that is three exercise tools in one. It’s a classic Spine Corrector, an exercise arc, and a wedge for your Balanced Body Reformer! You’ll appreciate the improved comfort and ergonomics – a gentler curve on the barrel and a more rounded step. This asymmetrical shape is extremely versatile for different uses and body types. You can also slide it on the shoulder rests of the studio reformer and use it to provide back support and stability. Be creative!
- Weighs just 1.8kg.
- High-density foam, in Black. Surface is smooth and slightly more slick than traditional upholstery.
- Specifications: 96.5cm long x 26.7cm high x 39.4cm wide
Book a class today to experience the Pilates Arc in its glory
Many of my clients tell me about the additional benefits that they feel from doing Pilates consistently and as soon as they take a break or go on holiday these benefits become more pronounced. So my next article is about just that… We have Pilates principles and now Pilates secrets.
- Younger looking skin that is blemish-free: While practising Pilates you increase your circulation and the perspiration that occurs with exercise delivers more nutrients to your skin while allowing impurities and waste to be removed. The result—a beautiful complexion!
Younger looking skin that is blemish-free
- “Feel-Good & Happy” hormone: Exercise releases endorphins, the brain chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel happy, as well as relieve stress, and enhance your self-esteem and self-confidence. Exercise has also been shown to increase neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, which gives us a natural high and allows us to sleep better. Many of my clients suffering from depression have told me that Pilates has not failed them, after every session they feel like a million dollars and that their coping skills and emotions are in a much better place.
|Happy People Practise Pilates|
- Prevents Constipation: Exercise increases the contractions of the wall of the intestines, helping to move things along through the intestinal tract more easily, and decreasing the time it takes to pass through the large intestine. But wait an hour or two after eating before exerting yourself: Exercising too soon after a meal can divert blood flow away from the gut and toward the muscles and slow down the digestion process.
|No more constipation|
- Prevents brittle bones: Walking, jogging, dancing, Pilates and yoga are all weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones. During weight-bearing exercises, bones adapt to the impact of the weight and the pull of muscles by building more bone cells, increasing strength and density and decreasing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. Prevention is better then cure.
|Pilates Prevents Osteoporosis & Brittle bones|
- Increase Your Immunity: Physical exertion increases the rate at which antibodies flow through the blood stream, resulting in better immunity against sickness. The increased temperature generated during moderate exercise makes it difficult for certain infectious organisms to survive.
|Boost Your Immune System|
Make a difference not just to your posture and your physical appearance but to your skin, your happiness, your tummy, your bones and to your immune system.
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|Mr Stomach Bug|
This famous Pilates exercise called Hundred challenges clients in so many ways. It got its name because of the pumping action of the arms that continues for 100 breaths. The breaths consists of 5 inhales and 5 exhales in a staccato manner.
The pumping action of the arms are not light and flimsy but rather assertive, like a turbine of a machine pumping vigorously to create a strong energy in the body. Making sure that the movement comes from the lats and not from the front of the shoulders.
This exercise targets breath control, abdominal strength, co-ordination, control and stamina.
|Hundreds Starting Position|
- Lie on your back with your legs bent in tabletop or 90 degree position, with your shins and ankles parallel to the floor. Keep an imprinted spine which means your lower back should remain flat on the floor, not by tucking your bum in but by engaging your abdominals so much that they draw the lower back into the mat or floor underneath you. Reach you arms straight up to the ceiling so your hands are in front of your shoulders.
- Inhale to prepare
- Exhale: Lift your head and shoulders off the floor, drawing your chin down into your chest. Use your abdominal muscles to curl your upper spine up off the floor to the base of your shoulder blades. Keep the shoulders sliding down the sides of your body and engaged in the back. Your gaze is looking towards the belly button.
- Stay here in this position and begin. Your arms extend straight and low, just a few inches off floor, with the fingertips reaching for the far wall. Inhale 5 sharp breaths in through your nose while simultaneously moving your arms up and down on every inhale.
- Exhale: Take 5 short and sharp deep breaths out through the mouth. Be sure to keep your shoulders and neck relaxed. It is the abdominal muscles that should be doing all the work.
- Do a cycle of 10 full breaths. Each cycle is five short in-breaths and then five short out-breaths.
The arms pump up and down — about a 6-8 inch pump — in unison with your breath.
Keep your abs scooped, your back flat on the floor, and your head an extension of your spine, with the gaze down.*Breathing big is important. Breathe into your back and sides.
- To finish: Keep your spine curved as you bring your knees in toward your chest. Grasp your knees and roll your upper spine and head down to the floor. Take a deep breath in and out.
- To modify the hundred: You can keep your legs in tabletop position. You can also do the exercise with your knees bent and the feet flat on the floor, lifting only the upper body.
- People with upper back and neck issues can do this exercise with the legs extended or tabletop but the head down on the floor.
- To make the hundred more challenging: Lower your legs. Do not lower your legs past where you can control the movement.
- Don’t loose your imprinted spine, so no gaps between your lower back and the floor.
Happy Practising Pilates Fundi’s
The human body may be week, puny and gawky but if there were an Animal Olympics there are two sports in which we could challenge for gold, says Graham Lawton
|Human body running muscles structure into bone structure|