Pilates: Using Small Props for Big Results

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Pilates: Using Small Props for Big Results provides a new Pilates props style. The Pilates exercises described are appropriate for all practice settings or clientele. The props provide variety, while appropriate challenges and modifications are also presented. The easy-to-follow instructions and photographs make this book an excellent reference. The exercises use small props to enhance and encourage proper movement, connecting the mind and the body. Creating muscle balance through proper movement patterns will make and keep anyone well, whether they are a high-level athlete or recovering from an injury. This book will explore the use of the ring, the spine corrector, the baby arc, and the foam roller as teaching tools in the study of movement. These tools will be used in the following three ways: To motivate and challenge the client. When participants master a movement, they may become complacent and bored. Props such as the foam roller and the ring can make exercises more challenging and change their effect to hold the interest of the client. To reinforce and support the client. When participants are just beginning the mat work, they often need support to prevent injury to their spine or added reinforcement to maintain the proper alignment for safety. To inform the client. Participants often need direction or an impetus for proper movement.

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Christine Romani-Ruby, MPT, ATC, is a rarity in the Pilates world an experienced Pilates professional with a strong background in physical therapy and fitness. Christine has been a licensed physical therapist for 17 years, and an associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania in the physical therapy and exercise science programs for six years. She is gold certified as a Pilates instructor through the Pilates Method Alliance. An international presenter, Christine is the owner of Phi Pilates, and co-owner of Phi Pilates Studio. She has authored four books and produced 13 videos on Pilates. Her most recent interests are in Pilates as a wellness practice, Pilates as therapeutic exercise in the physical therapy environment, and Pilates in the development of the adolescent dancer. Christine holds a master of science degree in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University, a double bachelor of science in natural science and exercise science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate in athletic training from West Chester University. Currently, Christine is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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