A “softly diluted” effort to move “deep muscles” on a machine or on the ground

There was no competition or violence. My first Pilates session surprised me with joy. Let me tell you my test, “You are great.”

There is no doubt about the competition and records here. We are talking about a gentle way to move muscles deeper. It was invented by Joseph Pilates, a German citizen who lived in England at the time of the outbreak of World War I.

He was detained on the Isle of Man because of his nationality. He took advantage of this imprisonment to become his fellow PE teacher, who was also deprived of their freedom. And he invents his method of the same name.

It features slow body movements using (or not using) the machines that Joseph Pilates manufactured at the time from chairs and spring-loaded beds.

Romana Krizanovska, a follower of the “Romana Pilates” school named after the dancer, quickly recovered from her injury thanks to the Pilates method (when she was promised surgery).

Caroline Josian teaches Pilates on Lille. In his hall, the machine for performing the exercises seems to be almost a century old. These are beds with straps and springs, or equipped chairs. They are still in the Philadelphia factory in the United States and are made according to Joseph Pilates’ first idea.

Therefore, Romana’s Pilates School is perceived as a “purist” and uses the originally designed Joseph Pilates Machine. So the tools in Caroline Jossien’s room look like they were from another era. However, these tools are very effective.

The first exercise is done in a reformer, a kind of bed whose shoulders are blocked by wedges. It consists of lying on your back, repositioning your legs and legs and pushing the (initially bent) legs. Spring is growing. Efforts begin. Inconsistent. The key here is to keep your feet firmly in place and to take up your stomach (trying to bring your navel closer to your spine). It is essential to be careful not only to concentrate, but to repeat the gestures well. We inspire the moment of effort and expire when spring is closed. Everything starts only with the nose. Your body is already hot and you start to sweat, but it’s not violent. This is the general impression I have from this course.

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Pilates is “accessible to all body shapes”


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The second exercise is also used to strengthen the deep abdominal and back muscles. Sit on the floor, bend your legs, put your hands between your calves and knee tendons, and gradually spread your back. It pulls on the stomach and tries to drop the vertebrae one by one to the floor. I’m afraid to roll back, but Caroline holds me back. The effect of the first exercise is confirmed. Am I already secreting endorphins? In any case, the joy of being absorbed is there. I worked like a tennis match, but I wasn’t forced. And frankly, I’m immediately surprised by this result.

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After a third exercise with a Cadillac machine (lying on your back, stretching the springs with your feet, drawing a circle with your feet), this effect lasts … tens of minutes to an hour, an hour, etc. Half before I feel the fatigue of the seeds. But what a relaxation!

I can’t promise to feel this effect in the first session, but if so, give it a try! What’s impressive is, of course, that you can do it with effort and without coercion, but you don’t violence yourself. very impressive.

The day after I wrote my test and these lines: Painless, rather I want to find this feeling.