What’s on this week: 6 – 11 November


What’s on this week: 6 – 11 November

Stomach Massage – what’s it all about?
Dear <<First Name>>,

Well, November certainly arrived with a bang – we’ve had the sort of days when it’s so tempting to curl up with a good book, or movie.  Inviting as that may be  – if only we had the time! – it’s so important to move, even for a little while.  It’s also important to have hot drinks, so why not combine the two!

While waiting for the kettle to boil, think about using your kitchen countertop to practise a few squats and rolls through the spine into a plank.  We do that quite often at the beginning or end of a reformer class, using the footbar.  You may feel quite stiff doing your first squat/plank, but by the time you’ve done a few, you’ll probably find that you can squat more deeply and find greater flexibility in your spine.  Alternatively (or additionally!) you could try a few rolldowns, just to keep your spine mobile.  It may not seem like a lot, but will help you maintain a healthy spine!

We’re coming to the end of our Stomach Massage program.  We’re finalising our next program, where the focus will be on Front Splits – more about that next week!  In the meantime, we’re taking a closer look at the Stomach Massage movement in Community Corner below.

Have a wonderful week and we look forward to seeing you in the studio or online!

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All Things Pilates Community Corner!

As we come to the end of our Stomach Massage program, we thought we’d take a closer look at the Stomach Massage movement itself.

For some of us, it’s hard to believe that, in designing the Stomach Massage movement, Joseph Pilates saw it as an internal massage for the stomach and vital organs.  To start the movement we need to find a really deep squat, with our femurs (thigh bones) in a vertical position.  Lifting through our back, we need to find the ‘C’ curve in our spine – so important in many Pilates movements.

It’s tempting to see Stomach Massage as an exercise for our quads (front of thigh muscles).  However, what we’re trying to do is use our in-breath to lengthen the springs and in doing so, lengthen our legs.  Bringing the carriage back in, we use the feeling of our thighs (almost) pressing against our torso to expel the breath, ready for the next deep breath in.

As we breathe in deeply, allowing the diaphragm to contract, we can almost feel the oxygen working to massage our internal organs.  But don’t worry if you’re not feeling that – you are still working muscle groups really hard!

Once we find our form we can place our hands on the shoulder rests and lengthen in and out of the movement with a straight spine.  Over time, we may be able to release one hand and find rotation through our ribs, or lengthen both arms, using our shoulder girdle and core muscles to hold us upright in the movement.

For some of us, it’s a tricky movement, which is why, as always with our Programs, we layer the complexity of the movement, increasing the challenge as we find our form.

Before getting to the Stomach Massage movement, we warm up and strengthen key muscle groups.  Chest Lift and Supine Arms exercises help us find our ‘C’ curve;  the Quadruped series helps improve our shoulder range; and the Reverse Abdominals Series help us find flexion while using our abdominal muscles.

It has been such a thrill to see how much more comfortable everyone has become with some quite challenging movements during the course of the program.  We can see how much stronger you’ve become and hope you can see that both in class and in your everyday activities.

Next week, we’ll be taking a look at our new Find Your Flow® program – this one is the Front Splits Program – we’re looking forward to sharing it with you!

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Class Timetable: November

Best Wishes,

Gemma and the All Things Pilates team

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