Author(s): Blandine Calais-Germain
Examines the correct movements, specific risks and common mistakes associated with 8 fundamental Pilates exercises, including practices using Pilates exercise equipment Offers guidelines to increase the effectiveness of your Pilates workout, maintain correct alignment, improve stability and prevent injury to the pelvis, back, wrists and anklesDeveloped in the early 20th century by accomplished boxer and gymnast, Joseph Pilates, the Pilates Method aligns the body, builds long, lean muscles and develops core abdominal strength. However, practised improperly, Pilates exercises can lead to injuries such as pinched discs, hyperextension of the wrists or low-back pain. NO-RISK PILATES reveals how to minimise the risk of injury and maximise physical benefit for a strong, toned and aligned physique.Using Blandine Calais-Germain's signature anatomical style, this illustrated guide examines the body's movements during 8 fundamental Pilates exercises, including practices using the Pilates Reformer and explores the specific risks and common mistakes associated with each exercise. Detailing how injuries occur to the pelvis, back, wrists and ankles during Pilates, the authors offer tips and guidelines to maintain correct alignment, improve stability and prevent injury as well as increase the effectiveness of your Pilates workout.
Blandine Calais-Germain is a dancer, dance instructor and physical therapist. Renowned for her movement-based classes on anatomy, she is the author of several books, including the bestselling Anatomy of Movement. She lives in Limoux, France. Bertrand Raison studied dance and the Pilates method with Jerome Andrews in Paris as well as with Merce Cunningham in New York and Japan.