Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Devorah Kastner and Radomir Pashev took first place at the Colorado Star Ball this past weekend. Participants from 22 states attended the event, with 10 professional couples competing for the title. Of course the Pilates and Gyrotonic has put them a cut above the rest!
tags: Devorah Kastner, Radomir Pashev, ballroom dance, pilates, gyrotonic
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Muscles in the shortened and tight position include the pectoralis major and minor, levator scapulae, teres major, upper trapezius, latissimus dorsi, sternocleidomastoid, and scalenes.
Muscles in the lengthened and weak position include the rhomboids, lower trapezius, serratus anterior, posterior deltoids, teres minor, and infraspinatus.
This imbalance is caused by poor posture, poor sitting and standing ergonomics, slumping, forward head positioning, and rounding of the .
This posture manifests in hunching of the thoracic spine, of the shoulder, and anterior (forward) placed head. It can result in headache, , upper thoracic pain, muscular imbalance, , improper biomechanics, and improper respiration.
In this conference call we will discuss forward rounded shoulders as it relates to pre-Pilates and Pilates exercises to assist in improving this condition.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Virginia Nicholas, M.A., R.N.
Pilates Core Integration/Moving Breath Pilates
1801 S. Jen Tilly Lane, Suite C-20
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Bringing the Carriage Home, by Virginia Nicholas, M.A., R.N.
When the Universal Reformer carriage is closest to the foot bar it is called being “home”. The “home” position allows for a complete range of motion of the muscles, bones, and joints when executing the Pilates exercises. When doing exercises such as footwork, it is important to press the carriage away from the foot bar until the client’s legs are fully lengthened, and to bring the carriage completely “home” on the bending of the legs. This allows for a full range of motion of the hips, legs, knees, ankles, and feet when completing the exercise.
Frequently clients attempt to work an exercise without returning the carriage to the “home” position. Kneeling Chest Expansion is an example of this problem. In order to feel as though they are “working hard” clients hold the ropes or leather straps higher than is appropriate. This tends to move the carriage away from the foot bar, out of the “home” position. In order to fulfill the complete range of motion of the shoulder joint, the carriage must begin and return home after each repetition of the exercise. If clients feel as though they are not working hard enough when the carriage returns “home”, add resistance for the exercise. This will maintain the integrity of the exercise, move the joints through their full range of motion, and produce more organized movement patterns.
Exercises such as Long Spine require use of strap extenders and ensuring the carriage is “home” before beginning the exercise. In order to find the Jackknife position required by the exercise, the carriage must begin “home” for the client to successfully find the Jackknife position.
The Pilates equipment functions as an extension of the body, and must be viewed as a partner in each exercise. Movements on the Universal Reformer must demonstrate fluidity, control of the carriage, equal rhythm and appropriate tempo of springs and straps without jerking, pulling, and uneven use of the carriage and straps. Imagine the machines as dance partners. Any overuse or underuse of the connection between the client and the machine are akin to unnecessary, disorganized pulling and pushing on the dance partner.
Remember to bring the carriage “home” between each repetition of exercises to fully complete and properly execute the Pilates exercises.