Back to Basics: Honor Every Position…especially the last part!

August 3, 2008 at 4:49 am 4 comments

“Honor Every Position” is a phrase I grew up with in Pilates.  If you haven’t heard it before, then welcome to it!  If you have heard it…use it and use it well!

“Honor Every Position”  That means give value to every bit of every exercise:  Set up, Each movement and Ending.  No part of any exercise is a “Throw Away”.  If it was…it wouldn’t be there.

Every movement in every exercise is necessary and important.  Give value to each movement.

Let’s just focus on the last part of an exercise.

What if…what if the last part of the exercise, any exercise, is the entire reason the other parts exist?  What if?  What if count #6 of Backstroke is the entire reason we do Backstroke?  Here it is:

            1 Inhale, reach your arms and legs up to the ceiling.

            2 Exhale, open your arms and legs the width of the carriage.

            3 Inhale, circle your arms and legs forward.

            4, 5, Hold your breath; curl your chest up higher to the base of your ribs.        

            6 Exhale, bend your arms and legs back in; keep curling up.

Take a look at every exercise…finish it to the end!

***As always, if you have thoughts or comments or questions, please send them my way. 

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