Pilates with the ball
To support some of the work we have been doing in class this term, working with the Pilates small ball, here is a brief overview of the reasons and benefits I like to work with the ball in sessions:
- Provides focus on specific parts of the body, e.g. the inner thighs by placing it between the knees
- Adds resistance and an instability that challenges the body’s own core stability during exercises
- Creates connections within the body that are otherwise sometimes difficult to feel, create and maintain, e.g. pelvic floor
- A sense of support and release in areas that typically hold unwanted tension, e.g. upper body and lower back
For such a small, relatively inexpensive piece of equipment the ball can be used creatively in so many different ways, it is one of my absolute favourites. I currently have a small stock of new Pilates balls available if you would like to buy one of your very own for home and/ or class use please contact me, they are £7.50 each.