“Precise and Controlled Movements” is the fourth post in a series called “My Pilates Journey” where Mary writes about her experience as she begins Pilates sessions with Chris Blagdon at the Edinburgh Pilates Centre. Click here to read about the first class.
Every week I feel like I am writing that there is a genuine difference and each time I really mean it. I suppose it’s easy to think that I am writing this blog for the Edinburgh Pilates Centre and that I have got to say that. And the cynical part of myself at the beginning did think, “It would be great if it did work, but what can really be done in 10 sessions?” The answer is a lot more than I could have expected. I had made the terrible mistake of underestimating how literal Chris had been in his videos about how precise and controlled movements can have an impact.
An example of the difference that I have felt was on a recent weekend trip away with some school friends to Berlin. We walked around the city, enjoying the sights (as well as the beer) and normally at the end of the day my lower back would be sore from standing all the time because my hip flexors take most of the weight and pull my back to bend inwards. Thanks to the work that Chris has guided me through on my hip flexors, the pain was minimal – you can imagine the delight at this revelation!
Pilates is ideal for those who feel back pain at the end of the day or for those who pull their neck when they turn too fast. This is because by practicing the precise and controlled movements in Pilates will help align the spine and improve your posture.
Exercise of the week:
This week’s movement does need to be done in the Pilates studio rather than at home due to the equipment needed.
- Lying on your back, with a triangle cushion for your head and shoulders, feed one foot through the straps that are attached to the spring with your other leg bent with the knee to the sky.
- Inhale, exhale, tighten and lower your abdomen, with your foot turned outwards and your knee tight, lengthen and stretch your leg out as far as you can, then inhale will drawing the leg back to centre.
- Repeat this on either side, if you come into the studio, Chris will be able to advise you on how many times to it on each side for your own body. Doing this movement, you should feel a sensation in your hip flexors.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about Pilates or are interested in beginning your own Pilates journey.