The Elongated C-Curve - It's All About Lengthening

By June Scharff

Using The Elongated C Curve position gives the full benefit of abdominal work in Pilates or any other exercise class. It allows full usage of the abdominals, which gives flexibility and strength to the core. Doing the elongated C Curve can seem a little tricky; when you see someone in a perfect elongated C Curve it doesn’t look like a curve at all.

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Lines of Energy, The Basics

By June Scharff

As you move forward in your Pilates classes you may hear the instructor refer to lines of energy. Lines of energy are a visual aid used to help the mind tell the body to work in ways that are subtle yet very much there. These lines of energy are also consistent throughout the work.

  

This is how it works: A line of energy moves in a direction and continues to move into infinity. You never want to feel like you are directing a line of energy to a specific destination. The head for example, you would not direct the line of energy to the head; you would direct the energy in the direction of the head, and into infinity. A line of energy never stops; it is continuous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plank…Ugh or Awesome!

By June Scharff

In recent months I have seen the Plank exercise grow in popularity, and is often recommended on television shows such as Dr. Oz. I agree the Plank is a wonderful exercise; when done correctly it utilizes the whole body. So often I see the Plank shown as “okay, get in the position and hold it for 5 seconds”. I think that is where the drudgery comes from. If you do not use the proper technique, the arms end up trying to do all of the work which can put undue pressure on the wrist, elbow and shoulder joints. There can also be pressure and aggravation on the lower back.

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Summertime and the Right to Bare Arms

By June Scharff

Here we are mid-June and you would think we are in the middle of summer. Bringing out those sleeveless and short sleeve tops can feel a little daunting. The good news for most Pilates enthusiasts is that it is not so scary. In our Pilates workouts we incorporate a good deal of work for the arms.

 

In the effort in developing awesome arms, using proper technique is very important to protect the joints in the shoulder, elbow and wrist.

 

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The "C" Curve

By June Scharff

 

 

In Pilates you will often hear the terminology the "C" curve. There are four aspects to achieving the “C” curve. 

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