Feedback from the Field: Pilates Exercises

Jan 11, 2007

In the last issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review, we asked "What Pilates move do you find yourself practicing most often in daily life and why? Here's what you had to say.

"I find myself practicing ‘navel to spine' more often than any other exercise. I can do it in the car, in line at the bank or grocery store and in traffic (instead of getting agitated). It is a real challenge to isolate the muscles of the lower abdomen without tightening the neck, flaring the ribs or raising the shoulders. It sometimes is a good thing to think ‘below the navel to the spine.' Working the lower abdominal muscles is a massage for the internal organs, aids digestion and helps with the elimination process."

-- Susan Bronstein, Ojai, California

"The powerhouse of course! I tell my students that engaging the powerhouse while standing or walking makes you look taller, thinner and more self-confident without performing a single formal exercise."

-- Julie Schaaff, MS, West Long Branch, New Jersey

"There's a lot I use depending on my day, but overall I do spine stretch forward. I have protruding front lower ribs in my posture history and this specific exercise, for some reason, has helped me maintain a more stable rib cage. Rib misplacement runs up and down my spine, namely making my lower back arch and my pelvis tilt forward. My handstands are far more stable when I practice spine stretch too."

-- Liz M. Shiels, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"The most important Pilates move I practice all day long is neck elongation by flattening out my shoulder blades against my back. It releases tension in the cervical spine and improves my posture immensely. It also keeps my shoulders from creeping up around my ears!"

-- Jennifer Horan, Cavendish, Vermont

© 2015 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

1 Comment

Trending Articles

Eight Fascinating Facts About Fascia

Fascia has been enjoying the limelight in the fitness industry as one of the hottest topics in recent conference programming, workshops and ...

Wake Up Your Glutes!

It’s a sad fact of modern life that the gluteus maximus, the largest muscle in the body, often becomes inhibited and “turns off.” Ironically, this inhibition can be the culprit behin...

Breathe to Lose Weight?

When a person loses weight, have you ever wondered where it goes? Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia have put toge...

Excessive Thoracic Kyphosis: More Than Just Bad Posture

Excessive thoracic kyphosis (ETK) is a disproportionate forward rounding or curvature of the middle and upper back, also known as the thorac...

Do Fitness Trackers Make You Healthy?

My client Mary walks into the gym and I ask her how she is feeling and whether she has stayed active. With a sigh, she tells me she’s ...

The Skinny on Happiness

As a culture, we are obsessed with pursuing the perfect body, and the media tell us that once we drop the weight, get the six-pack and fit i...

Sample Class: Functional Strength for Older Adults

Baby Boomers are constantly bombarded with promises to lift, tighten and rejuvenate their bodies and “turn back the clock.” Truthfully, fitness professionals can roll back the clock for ol...

Body Image: The Impact of Social Media

If you regularly use social media such as Facebook and Instagram, you will have noticed posts plugging fitness by way of body-conscious phot...

A Best Exercise for Improved Jump Performance?

Do you work with individuals who want to improve jump performance? Perhaps it’s time to introduce the dead lift into your client&rsquo...

Obesity's Impact on Lifespan

Here’s more reason to encourage individuals who are obese to move more and improve their diets: Obesity can chop up to 9 years off a l...

Next