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No-Risk Pilates


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Table of Contents



1 Footwork and Yo-yoing of the Pelvis

2 Teaser and Its Effect on the Perineum

3 Stomach Massage and Inversion of the Lumbar Curve

4 Elephant and Pressure on the Wrist

5 Long Stretch and Hyperextension of the Wrist

6 Down Stretch and Lumbar Hyperextension

7 Forward Lunge and Foot/Ankle Instability

8 Side Sit-ups (Short Box) and the Vertebral Ligaments

Appendix: Summary Chart

Further Reading


About the Author

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.


"In No-Risk Pilates we learn to practice this discipline not only safely but also in a way that maximizes its benefits. The explanations of the basic biomechanics of wrists, ankles, and lower spine are essential for Pilates practitioners and applicable to dance, yoga, and other popular fitness regimes. Calais-Germain clearly teaches us why we must perform the movements of Pilates with exquisite and informed awareness." * Mary Bond, movement instructor at the Rolf Institute and author of The New Rules of Posture *
"Timely and important. Why do some students strain their necks, backs, and wrists in Pilates classes? This clearly illustrated guide looks closely at frequently made mistakes and explains how to make Reformer and Mat exercises safer and more effective." * Colleen Craig, certified Pilates trainer and author of Pilates on the Ball and Abs on the Ball *
"No-Risk Pilates is an intelligent look at repetitive movement and stressing the joints. Every Pilates student, from novice to expert, will gain insight for a safer workout and fewer unnecessary injuries. It is highly informative and well-written in plain language, paired with illustrations and photos to enhance the reader's visualization. Calais-Germain, and her co-author Bertrand Raison, with their devotion of movement coupled with the depth of their knowledge of anatomy, have created another must-have movement guide for physical therapists, dancers, Pilates practitioners, and fitness pros of all levels." * Allyson Gracie, Wellness Specialist, Pilates & Yoga Instructor, July 2012 *
"This book is essential reading for Pilates instructors and Pilates enthusiasts with a history of back pain or sports injury, as well as physical therapists, yoga teachers, and fitness trainers." * Merikah Robertson, Common Ground, September 2012 *

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