About a month ago, a pesky SI joint problem crept up in my body. Knowing I have weaker glutes, I committed to paying extra attention to them in all my classes this month. Today, I’ve got an intermediate level Dynamic Core Pilates class that uses the foam roller I thought I’d share with you. […]
Balance helps keep us stay upright and allows us to walk, run, skip and jump-and move in general-without falling.
One of our favourite ways to challenge balance is with a foam roller. Many use the foam roller for myofascial release – a technique likened to self-massage. At BODY HARMONICS, we us it in creative ways to challenge balance […]
The Pilates teaser is one of the most recognized Pilates exercises. It’s challenging, fun and a great way to challenge your core control.
If you’ve ever had trouble doing a teaser, this class is designed to strengthen the body and prepare it to do this exercise successfully. It’s a very challenging exercise, so don’t be […]
My husband and I travel often and spend a lot of time in hotel rooms. Planes, heavy luggage, being away from home and missing my regular workout routines takes a toll on my body. The more I travel the more I’ve begin to create little workouts that are energizing, feel good and give me […]
This is a terrific class plan to use with anyone who wants to get moving and feel great. It’s also suitable for people with Arthritis. The focus is on isotonic (concentric & eccentric) contractions rather than isometric contractions to leave the body more supple and mobile.
Mini squats to warm up the leg joints […]
The Pilates ring, or magic circle, is a fantastic way to add challenge to your classes and spice them up. The ring is light weight, inexpensive and amazing way to tone your muscles!
Here’s a class plan you can use yourself or with clients.
Bend and stretch leg x 6 each side
Crossover x 3 each direction with […]
Maintaining a regular movement and exercise regime is an important key to a healthy pregnancy. Not only does it have physical benefits, but can also be a great way to connect to yourself, your pregnancy and your future baby.
Here’s a sample class plan that’s appropriate for most prenatal women.
Standing Warm Up
Rhythmic Body Rotations
Breathing w/ […]
Balance and resistance training using small apparatus is a great way to build strength and stability whether you are a novice Pilates student or have been doing it for years!
The coach ball is a great tool to start as it is a simple prop with many different uses. It can add a balance and […]
Class themes are a valuable practice you shouldn’t overlook. They’re not only a way to make classes more meaningful and interesting for your clients, but for you as an instructor as well.
Today I’m sharing 53 of my favourite class themes. There are some for novice and experienced clients, as well as some to “wow” […]
More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. Common symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Although movement can be painful and uncomfortable for those with Arthritis, it’s important to keep joints mobile. As Pilates instructors, this is something we can help with.
Here’s a Pilates class plan […]