Welcome the New Year with workouts designed to rejuvenate your entire body.   One of the Master Pilates Teachers, Bob Liekens said “Joseph Pilates intended the work for you to take control of your health.
After some indulgence over the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, this is the best time to remember this quote! Whether a beginner or long-time practitioner that time is now.  Why wait?

This January, through each session we’ll make sure to work your whole body in every direction (think 3D) with fun variations and combinations. Be ready for creative ways to challenge your stability and balance during simple movements to make sure you are always working from head to toe! From a training perspective thinking in 3D can be associated with the importance to train equally all the various sides of the body. By nature in our everyday movements we bend forward a high percentage of the time. Plus, with sitting for long periods of time at computers forward bending is often the “default” position.

Therefore it is very important to make sure that the spine is strong enough to support movement in the ALL directions. e.g, back extension to counter front flexion, right flexion to counter left flexion,left rotation to counter right rotation … and vice-versa … Thus the focus of your training this January, is achieving a healthy balance of mobility, strength and stretch in all movement planes. Remember, Pilates is a movement system based on utilising the joints in all planes of movement. When we move the joints in all planes of movement, the body feels refreshed, alive, and ready for the activities necessary for a happy life.

A quick look at the planes of movement available to the human body:

  • Movement in the sagittal plane are called flexion and extension. Examples of this are the Roll Up and the Swan.
  • Movements in the frontal plane (coronal) are called lateral flexion or side bending. Examples of this are Mermaid, Seated Side Stretch, and Side Lift.
  • Movements in the transverse plane are called rotation. Examples of this include Spine Twist, Saw, and Short Box Series Twist and Tilt (obliques).
planes of movement