The Snake, also referred to as Snake/Twist (see picture) is a complex exercise originally done on the Pilates Reformer bed. It requires skill, great control and coordination of the body and mind. And by mind I mean the desire, the focus and the will to overcome whatever body limitations one might have. This Pilates exercise embodies our September theme “Mind Over Body”.
Joseph Pilates originally named his system of exercises, “Contrology” – the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. His method’s ultimate goal was to achieve “a sound mind in a sound body” or as per the Greek’s motto “Mens Sana In Corpore Sano”.
“Nothing about the Pilates Method is haphazard. The reason you need to concentrate so thoroughly is so you can be in control of every aspect of every moment.” (from “Return to Life through Contrology” by Joseph Pilates).
The Snake exercise is not appropriate for everybody or all postures but there are 500+ exercises in the Pilates repertoire. This September we will choose some of the Pilates exercises that might be new for you and will require that extra bit of mind focus to control all muscles in your body. The exercises will be done initially at a slower pace, ensuring neurological pathways formation so that you can achieve control over the movement of both your body and the equipment you might use in Pilates Fusion or Pilates Reformer sessions.
As per Joseph Pilates’s instructions you will “First purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then, through the proper repetition of exercises, you gradually and progressively you will develop the natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.”
What you can expect by the end of September? Progress in your journey for a stronger, leaner body and better posture. In addition, you will notice increased coordination, balance, flexibility and better body awareness. One precisely executed Pilates session is worth more than several hours at the gym — and afterward you’ll feel invigorated, not exhausted.
Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well