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. Extension Exercises for a Strong Back
Chapter 10. Customizing Your Pilates Program
Take a detailed look at your Pilates practice with the superbly illustrated exercises in Pilates Anatomy, Second Edition.
Choose from 46 exercises to target a particular body region and delve deeper to stretch, strengthen, and finely coordinate specific muscles. See which key muscles are activated, how variations and minor adjustments can influence effectiveness, and how breathing, alignment, and movement are all fundamentally linked as you work to tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility.
Use the Personalize Your Practice section for each exercise to vary your practice and customize your workouts to fit your needs. Here you’ll find modifications to make each exercise more accessible when there are limitations such as tight hamstrings or underdeveloped core strength. Variations provide variety, and progressions are offered to add more challenge to each exercise and serve as valuable stepping stones on your journey to more advanced Pilates exercise.
Also included are techniques for breathing, concentration, and self-awareness, providing a unique exercise experience that enhances your body and your mind.
Whether you are just beginning to explore the beauty and benefits of Pilates or have been practicing for years, Pilates Anatomy is a one-of-a-kind resource that you’ll refer to again and again.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. Pilates Anatomy, Second Edition Online CE Exam, may be purchased separately or as part of the Pilates Anatomy, Second Edition With CE Exam, package that includes both the book and the exam.
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