Where should I breathe?

Where should I breathe?

This might not be as common a question as “When should I breathe?”, but it’s at least as important. The first time a Pilates teacher asked me to breathe into a specific area of my body I was bewildered – did I really have a choice over this? Now I know that it’s...
“What’s the breathing for this?”

“What’s the breathing for this?”

This is quite a common question in Pilates classes and, though Joseph Pilates himself specified a breathing pattern for some of his exercises, the best answer might be “Trust that your body knows best.” Don’t stop! The most important guidance around breathing in a...
What is ‘balance’?

What is ‘balance’?

You don’t have to lose it as you grow older! In the posts about stability and mobility we’ve referred to balance of the muscles and other tissues around a joint. It”s an important kind of balance, or equilibrium, but generally not what everyone means...
What do we mean by ‘mobility’?

What do we mean by ‘mobility’?

Is it the same as flexibility? Though the word ‘mobility’ might seem to be interchangeable with ‘flexibility’, we like to make a distinction. We think of flexibility being the possible range of movement for a joint – how far you can bend...
What do we mean by ‘stability’?

What do we mean by ‘stability’?

Your teacher may regularly use the words stability and stable during your class and perhaps they deserve some further explanation for the context of Pilates, and movement in general. Stable = stiff…… sometimes Sometimes stable might mean the same thing as...