I LOVE Pilates. I think it is really important (REALLY IMPORTANT) to go to an actual class where you can learn to breathe properly and learn modifications. If the instructor goes too fast and doesn't cue breathing, remind about back posture, and give modifications, go to a different class. Pilates done wrong can hurt you.
For example, the dreaded leg lifts - bend your knees and only lower as far as you can with proper form- without arching your back off the floor. Over time your muscles will strengthen and you will be able to lower farther. Then you can straighten your legs into the Pialtes stance (heels together, toes out, legs engaged) and proceed with the lift.
It's strength training and flexibility and the mental aspect all in one package.
- 10/2/2010 2:12:18 PM