1. Breathing lying on your back.
Relax while lying on the floor. If necessary, lay a rolled towel under your head. Exhale. Start taking a calm breath in 8 counts. And the same exhale. Gradually stretch the respiratory cycle, counting to 9, 10, etc. Aim for 16 breath counts and 16 breath counts. Do not push yourself. Elongation of breathing should relieve stress, and not vice versa. If you can’t follow the recommended scale, just breathe quietly while stretching your lungs.
2. Rotation of the feet and wrists.
Draw circles with feet and wrists with maximum amplitude. This can be done while lying, sitting, standing – as you like best.
3. Circles nose on the ceiling.
Lying on your back, imagine that you draw with a long nose circles on the ceiling. Repeat 10 times in each direction, gradually increasing the amplitude. You can also write numbers or letters on the ceiling – not so important. The main thing is to relax the external muscles of the neck, relieve tension in the throat and activate the deep muscles along the Continue reading
Keeping the upright position, press the spine firmly against the back of the chair. Spread your pelvis and head in opposite directions. Position the pelvis clearly in the center of the seat, distribute the pressure evenly on both sides of the pelvis. Feel the pelvic floor area. Inhaling, relax the “bottom of the basket”, as if lowering it onto the seat, exhaling slowly, raise the bottom of the basket up the spine to the navel. Relax again. Perform 10 times.
The purpose of the exercises: to ensure blood circulation, prevention of swelling and back pain.
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Keeping the position described above, feel the muscles of the pelvic floor. Inhale, relax the lower abdomen, exhale pull the lower abdomen to the spine, as if fastening tight jeans. Do not forget to stretch the crown up. Repeat several times.
The purpose of the exercise: to unload the lower back, to ensure blood circulation in the pelvic area.
Long sitting position.
Boarding the aircraft is completed, luggage is safely perched on a shelf, sitting in an armchair. It will take a long time to sit. Even 1 hour is not enough, what to speak of a 10 hour flight.
Measurements of the load on the intervertebral discs showed that, if improperly positioned, this load is Continue reading
The last few years I had to spend a lot of time on airplanes, quite often flights were long (8-10 hours) and at first I carried them quite hard. And this is considering my good health, relatively young age and high level of physical activity. While traveling, I watched people and myself, and as a result I developed a not complicated “survival” strategy in a long journey.
We begin by considering the basic tests that the body undergoes during the journey, turn them into Pilates exercises and hone the skill of conscious stay in the body.
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If someone tried to explain to me what I should expect from my first meeting with Mary Bowen, I would never have believed it. So it is, and to this day, it is something like a journey through its own back streets.
I first met Mary at her Workshop in Zurich on how to “free the spine” and “Pilates plus Psycho”. Her unusual way of showing respect for the needs of the body, by releasing all its parts along its entire length, was directly related to me. From the very first meeting, I saw how much we need to allow ourselves to RELEASE so that the Pilates technique begins to work miracles. In just a few minutes, Mary changed people’s postures with the right, in a word, the right touch or just the right intention. How she succeeded was a real mystery for me, and it became interesting for me to learn more about all this!
A year later, from the first meeting with Mary, my friend, Katya Smirnova, invited me to share my experience – to work together for three days under the guidance of Mary Bowen at her home in Northampton, USA. Then my Pilates got involved in something that I would not believe existed. Continue reading