Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Let's talk props!

I am so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to continue to teach Pilates ONLINE!
One problem we face, however, is the inability for me to be able to share my props with you.
There is no need to go out and buy something if you do not choose to, and often we can use regular stuff that is sitting around the house, a pillow, a towel or even a cloth grocery bag in replace of a ball or resistance band.
But for those that would like to, I promised I would share some Amazon links to find the props we use in a usual class. (using Amazon Smile is a great way to give back while getting the convenience of Amazon).
The two main props we use in class are the small stability ball and the resistance band.

I am going to share a few links for each prop, the brands may be a bit different from what I buy in bulk but they will work still fantastic.
Small Stability Ball
The Overball is the ball we use in class - https://amzn.to/2XuOIcx
The Stott brand ball is fantastic as well, the 7.5 inch is the correct size - https://amzn.to/2xtQT5n
The Nononfish Mini Exercise Ball is also a good choice at a better price and you can pick your color! - https://amzn.to/2yYeBY0

Resistance Band - One note is that Amazon does not sell many options for single resistance bands, they do have many three packs, which is not a bad deal and having different resistance weights is a great way to build endurance.  
Theraband (we use these too) does sell single bands! - https://amzn.to/2wC6NKJ 
They also sell a three pack! - https://amzn.to/2V3WaK6
Gaiam sells a great three pack as well, and is a brand I trust - https://amzn.to/2RCgiRj 
Benificer also makes a nice three pack, I've never used this brand but the reviews look good - https://amzn.to/34zmRt0

Again, please do not feel obligated to buy anything, but if you fancy yourself a ball, band or both while we Stay Home, I hope this is helpful! Please feel free to contact me with any questions! 

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STOTT PILATES® Five Basic Principles

Using Contemporary Pilates Principles to Achieve Optimal Fitness
Article by Moira Merrithew, STOTT PILATES® Executive Director, Education

The Introduction of the Five Basic Principles
Principal 1 Breathing
Principal 2 Pelvic Placement
Principal 3 Rib Cage Placement
Principal 4 Scapular Stabilization
Principal 5 Head and Cervical Placement

Five Basic Principles
The aim of contemporary, anatomically-based Pilates training, such as STOTT PILATES,® is to develop optimal neuromuscular performance by focusing on core stability, while safely balancing muscular strength with flexibility. Whether performed on a mat or on specialized equipment, Pilates that incorporates modern theories of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation should
involve the following biomechanical principles: breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization, and head and cervical placement.

By introducing these principles and reinforcing them over time, awareness of how the body moves is developed. This mind-body awareness ensures focus on precision and control to realize the full benefits of any exercise program.

Visit each one of the The Five Basic Principles accompanied by simple exercises to help illustrate them.

Principal 1 Breathing
Principal 2 Pelvic Placement
Principal 3 Rib Cage Placement
Principal 4 Scapular Stabilization
Principal 5 Head and Cervical Placement

Article by Moira Merrithew, STOTT PILATES® Executive Director, Education