Pilates Highlights from 2011

Happy New Year! May all of you experience good health and may your Pilates journey bring you freedom and fulfillment. I always believe that in a new year we must look and move forward. I also treasure what has just passed and use the past learning experience to help me get better! Hence I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some Pilates highlights from last year and I have chosen an article from about.com, one site which I love to go to. Enjoy the read and this year I really look forward to sharing with you more and also to hear from you as I believe your comments can help change the lives of others who frequent this site!

Article from about.com:

I hope you will look back on 2011 as a good year. It was for me. And from my unique vantage point, I think Pilates had a good year too. So, before we dash into the New Year, I thought you might enjoy a little reflection on the past one. Here are 10  Pilates highlights from 2011:

We Made News -

Pippa Middleton Gives Pilates a Booty Boost.  After the Royal Wedding, when word came out that Pilates was at least partly responsible for Pippa looking so fabulous in her body-skimming gown, the web went Pilates crazy. There were stories about Pippa’s bum everywhere and we continue to see Pippa and Pilates stories roll out.
Read more about  Pilates at the Royal Wedding

Pilates Continued to Grow: In an August, 2011 report, the independent industry research publisher IBISWorld reported that Pilates is growing and expected to grow more. (quite right). Read: Statistics Show: Pilates Keeps on Growing.

We Had Opinions -

Your Favorite Pilates Exercise:  The most popular exercise on this Pilates website was: The Hundred. Runner up: Standing Legwork. Both results surprised me because I think Teaser is leading in our Readers Share Favorite Exercises postings.

Your Favorite Workout: The Classic Pilates Mat Sequence Of course!
Runner up: Beginner Pilates Exercises, which I take as a good sign.

The 2011 Pilates Readers’ Choice Awards: 2011 was the first year Pilates at About.com participated in the About.com Readers’ Choice Awards and we had a tremendous show of participation. Readers voted in 3 categories: Best Workout Clothes, Best Pilates Reformer, Best Pilates DVD.

We Embraced New Books -

Pilates Anatomy: Destined to become a major Pilates resource, Rael Isacowitz and Karen Clippenger teamed up to reveal the anatomy and kinesiology of the classic Pilates exercises in this illustrated and technically detailed book .  Read my Review

The Pilates Path to Health: The Pilates community enthusiastically embraced this heart-felt exploration of how the effects of Pilates go way beyond exercise. Read  My Review

We Came Together -

Pilates Conferences: Pilates people are getting together to share expertise, learn, and be inspired. The PMA conference may be the largest of the conferences, but significant gatherings of Pilates enthusiasts happened all over the world. This is an encouraging trend. Read reports from the 2011 PMA conferenceLearn about other Pilates Conferences

Pilates in Social Media: The Pilates community on social media really exploded this year. We’re having a great time posting articles, photos, and information as well as generally supporting each other. Join me, Marguerite Ogle, and Pilates.About.com on Twitter, Facebook , Linkedin, Pilates Forum.

Pilates Elder Ron Fletcher Passes Away: On December, 6, 2011 we mourned the loss and celebrated the life of one of our greats:  Ron Fletcher.
Learn About Ron Fletcher and Fletcher Pilates

10 makes for a short list! What is on your 2011 Pilates highlights list? Please comment below.


5 Great Pilates Exercises for Shoulder Pain Relief

Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?5-Great-Pilates-Exercises-for-Shoulder-Pain-Relief&id=6154885

My Thoughts:
I think its really common to experience shoulder pain since most people have to work in front of a desktop or laptop for many hours a day. We all know that we have to do something about it and I thought this is an article that can save your search for “How?”. Fortunately we have Pilates exercise that can help you with it so lets all do it together!

If you are experiencing shoulder pain as a result of sports injuries, car accident, frozen shoulder impingement, lifting or any other activity, pilates can help ease the pain and inflammation. There are several exercises you can do, both at home and at your work desk. These are safe to do daily. In fact, you are encouraged to do them at a 2 hour interval.

Here are some pilates pain relief shoulder exercises. They are simple to do and can be done virtually anywhere, even while sitting at your desk at work.

Shoulder Rolls Simply roll your shoulders upwards and backwards away from your ears for 5 to10 repetitions; repeat the process in a forward motion. Movements should be performed slowly and in a controlled manner for shoulder relief.

Neck Rotation You can do the same with your neck by rotating your neck one way, in a clockwise direction. Repeat in anti-clockwise direction. This exercise releases tension at the neck and shoulders and improves blood circulation.

Arms Circle Back Stand facing front or seated. Lift both arms upward slowly, palms facing the ceiling. Reach up towards the ceiling, keeping shoulders away from your ears. Turn palms outwards when the arms are extended fully and start to bring the arms down slowly behind you. You should feel your chest widen as your shoulder blades draw backwards. Do the exercises as if you are in a sphere feeling the wall around you. Repeat 5-10 times.

Overhead Back Shoulder Stretch Bring both arms up over your head. Use your right hand to grasp your left wrist. As you inhale, prepare to extend backwards. Exhale open and lift chest out and up. Hold the stretch for about 10 seconds and repeat 3-5 times. Repeat the same with change in the wrist hold. This is an especially good exercise if you suffer from stiff neck and shoulder pain.

Elbow Circle Backwards Bend both your arms as you take your fingers to your shoulder. Keep your elbows bend as you circle them backwards. Squeeze shoulder blades backwards together as the elbows move upwards and backwards. Keep chest open and wide all the time. This exercise restores functionality and mobility to tight shoulders. Repeat 5 to 10 times.

Take the exercises in your stride. Do not try doing too much at once; it may actually aggravate your tight / sore muscles further. There are a number of other pilates exercises you can do for shoulder release that are great for beginners.

Learn these simple pilates shoulder pain relief exercises that will ease pain and inflammation. As you get better and stronger, you can work under a certified Pilates instructor for more challenging program to gain more muscular strength and endurance for improving shoulder joint stability. Do not stop your pilates shoulder pain relief exercises as you get better. You will want to make it part of your lifestyle activity.

Shoulder pain can keep you from enjoying daily activities like hiking, golf, playing with your children or grandchildren, and even simple things like getting in and out of your car. By doing these pilates shoulder pain exercises you can strengthen your shoulder muscles and joints and start to enjoy the simple things in life again.


Pilates for Beginners – Single Leg Circles

I’m sure you must have been waiting for this next Pilates Mat exercise the last few days. This mat exercise is a good addition to your Pilates work out at home as it is different from the 1st two which we introduced. Practice this piece for core stability and hip mobility.