Secrets of Pilates
Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Incorporated, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 224 pages
Reintroduce your mind to your body and develop a healthier, more relaxed approach to life. One of the first exercise systems to acknowledge the link between mind and body, Pilates will not give you bulging biceps--or leave you feeling exhausted after each session. Instead, Pilates provides you with a balanced approach to toning your body, correcting your skeletal alignment, and improving your posture and coordination. After a brief introduction to the principles of this exercise system, this book provides the newcomer with descriptions of basic exercises, all illustrated to show precise body movements and postures. By developing mental awareness of your body, Pilates brings the mind into closer connection with the body rather than allowing the mind to control it.
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Preparing for Pilates
Reeducating Body and Mind
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abdominal curl abdominal muscles achieve allow ankles arms back extension balance basic exercise benefits body awareness cushion develop diagonal stretch DOUBLE KNEE LIFT effective engage the centering engage your centering exercise program exercise session extended feel feet flexing focus following pages foot forward foundation exercises girdle of strength Gluteus maximus Hamstring stretches Head and neck hip joint hip-width important in-breath inner thigh squeeze Joseph Pilates keeping your pelvis knee lift latissimus dorsi lower back lumbar curve maintain mobility move navel neutral pelvis neutral position out-breath Pilates exercise Pilates practice Pilates teacher posture progress prone inner thigh prone leg stretch prone position pubic bone Quad stretches quadriceps range of movement release Repeat repetitions rest position ribcage rotate sacrum side sitting spine lift squeeze page stability starting position stiffness strain supine position technique tension toes torso transversus muscles Trapezius upper body vertebra visualize waist weight