The exercises of the Pilates Method are all interconnected. We have one exercise, or main theme, and countless variations to challenge the body.
Variation: a formal technique where material is repeated in an altered form.
At Vintage Pilates, owners Karen Frischmann and Sandy Shimoda have organized the Pilates exercises into Body Shapes, the shape of the body in each exercise.
The shape is made by the trunk of the body, the center. That’s where everything should be going on, right?
Utilizing these shapes as a guide can help to ignite the center and enable you to work more efficiently.
Continue reading to learn what 5 body shapes all of Joe’s exercises fall into and how to practice the “shape” through multiple positions for the deeper understanding of the movement.