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Anybody who has done Pilates knows it’s complicated. You have to keep the stomach in all the time. You have to keep the shoulders sliding down the back. You have to breath at a certain time. You must keep your pelvis stable. You must keep your face soft. You  must keep the ribs down. You must pull up the pelvic floor. THEN, you must do some bizarre complicated exercise and not lose any of the basics!


Ouch - that is a lot to remember!


Here, you will learn to use a breathing pattern that will make remembering and doing all of those crazy things easier, simpler, clearer, and far more fun!

I will try to help you to do Pilates with the “Relaxation, Centering, Concentration,

Co-ordination, Alignment, Flowing Movement, Breathing, and Stamina” that are called the basic features of Pilates.


The Circle of Six Breath, and the Integral Seven Engagements will be our base!

TWO TYPES OF MUSCLES


I am not going to get into technical jargon about the autonomic nervous system, or postural and phasic muscles.


But it is important to know that we have two basic types of muscles. Those that are under our conscious control, and those that fire automatically or reflexively.


The muscles that carry tension - hip flexors, spine, chest, neck etc, are the ones that we don’t notice and the ones that over our lifetimes build up deep and weird ways of storing tension. Because they react unconsciously, we don’t notice them, and thus they distort our whole posture, both in obvious and in subtle ways.


The muscles we use in Pilates to give us stability and release are under our conscious control. ‘Pulling the stomach in’ is about conscious control of those ab muscles.


That is one thing that makes Pilates so difficult. We have to maintain our conscious engagement! It is not about simple strength or endurance. It is about maintaining awareness as we maintain an engagement


That is why you are at this web-site. You are here to learn to recognize when you are losing your conscious engagement of the key Pilates muscles.    SIMPLE!

IMPLICATIONS OF DEEP FLATNESS -WHY PILATES IS SO POWERFUL


The most important aspect of fitness as we grow older is said to be staying flexible.


And Pilates approaches flexibility in a special way.


If we do a lot of stretching (or Yoga), then we are pulling on muscles. Some stretching is gentle, and some stretching is strong, but they all involve pulling.


In Pilates we aren’t really pulling on muscles to get more flexible. What we do in Pilates is to use certain muscles (in this care the deep-flatness muscles of the stomach) to allow other muscles to release. And in Pilates, the muscles that release from the support of the core muscles, are muscles that fire automatically and carry tension - spine, hip flexors, chest, front of the shoulders, neck, etc etc etc



So what does this deep flatness do for us?


Well, it stabilizes and supports and supports the hips and spine in such a way that they aren’t always just bouncing around whenever we move.


And if the spine and hips are not just ‘reacting’ to every leg movement, then they can start to release.


That is the power of Pilates. If someone has serious back issues, then the support of the core (the deep flatness) can allow the back to ‘feel safe’ and slowly it can release.


If a professional athlete wants to be more flexible, then pulling the stomach in allows the back to release and they are more flexible!


SIMPLE!

START 02 - HOW PILATES WORKS

Pilates is hard. But I am going to teach you a way of making it easier.

Imagine focusing so clearly on a strong exhale that the breath causes your whole core to engage in the Pilates way...

Automatically!

We teach the body to respond to the breath, and then all we have to do is breathe.


The work takes care of itself.


It is much easier to move if you keep the core muscles engaged, rather than having to always re-engage them...


Most people let go of their core the moment they breath in.


Then the back takes the weight instead of the core, and tension, injury, restriction occur at once!


People doing private Pilates...

Are you getting anywhere near

this high level of technique?


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Technically Correct Pilates!

Sometimes people grip in the lower back - again, we must learn to recognize this and isolate