Jess Ellmer, Movement Specialist at Beam with Grace, talks us through her top 4 Pilates moves to help build upper body strength, core strength and improve posture.
And takes us through a Pilates Home Workout Video to help us Bend, Energise, Align and Move and add that little sparkle into our daily routines so we can feel better and move better throughout our day.
Benefits: Upper Body Strength, Core Strength, Alignment, Posture.
Tips: Keep weight even between arms and legs, Ensure body is aligned, Lift up through middle of the body to avoid lower back strain, Lower body to floor and back up.
Modifications: Bring down on to knees.
Benefits: Thoracic Mobility into Rotation, Alignment, Posture
Tips: Begin kneeling with even weight through upper and lower body, Hand behind head bent elbow, Ease into rotation to open chest outwards, Extend arm for a greater rotation, Rotate under to stretch inwards towards the body, Lay band to shoulder onto the floor.
Modifications: Keep elbow bent with hand behind head.
Benefits: Core Stability, Co-ordination, Balance, Alignment
Tips: Begin kneeling, Lift and lengthen opposite arm and leg away from torso, Change sides smoothly.
Modifications: Use arm and leg one at a time - as opposed to together.
Benefits: Side Stability, Control, Core Strength, Balance
Tips: Begin kneeling, Extend same arm and leg, Smoothly rotate whole body to open outwards, Back to centre to smoothly change sides.
Modifications: Start facing side on two knees and stretch out into a star.
Written by Jess Ellmer @onebeaminglife