This is Pilates as you’ve never seen it before.
With detailed descriptions, step-by-step instruction, and stunning full-color anatomical illustrations, PilatesAnatomy takes you inside the exercises and programs that will tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility. Using the original mat work of Joseph Pilates, you’ll see how key muscles are used, how variations and minor adjustments can influence effectiveness, and how breathing, alignment, posture, and movement are all fundamentally linked.
Choosing from over 45 exercises, you can target a particular body region and delve deeper to stretch, strengthen, and finely coordinate specific muscles. You’ll also find techniques for breathing, concentration, and self-awareness for a unique exercise experience that enhances your mind and your body.
Whether you are just beginning to explore the beauty and benefits of Pilates or have been practicing for years, PilatesAnatomy is a one-of-a-kind resource that you’ll refer to again and again.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Six Key Principles of Pilates
Chapter 2 Spine, Core, and Body Alignment
Chapter 3 Muscles, Movement Analysis, and Mat Work
Chapter 4 Foundation for a Mat Session
Chapter 5 Abdominal Work for Movement and Stabilization
Chapter 6 Fine Articulation for a Flexible Spine
Chapter 7 Bridging for a Functional Spine
Chapter 8 Side Exercises for an Effective Core
Chapter 9 Extensions for a Strong Back
Chapter 10 Customizing Your Pilates Program
"Karen and Rael are two of the most respected names in the Pilates field, and PilatesAnatomy brings together their clarity and passion. This book is at the top of my list." -- Nora St. John, Education Program Director, Balanced Body University
"There is a wealth of information in PilatesAnatomy. The Pilates world is fortunate to have this resource." -- Peter Davis, Cofounder of IDEA Health and Fitness Association and Inner IDEA
“PilatesAnatomy by Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippinger is an exceptionally well-mapped journey into the muscular anatomy and kinesiology of Pilates exercises. A must-have anatomy book for any serious student of Pilates, Pilates Anatomy will surely appeal to anyone interested in how muscle groups work together in exercise.” -- Marguerite Ogle, About.com/Pilates
ExcerptsCore Stability Plays Key Role In Body Alignment
Learn Three Ways To Control Breathing During Pilates
Understand The Principles Of Pilates