With detailed descriptions, step-by-step instruction, and stunning full-color anatomical illustrations, Pilates Anatomy takes you inside the exercises and programs that will tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility.
This is Pilates as you've never seen it before.
With detailed descriptions, step-by-step instruction, and stunning full-color anatomical illustrations, Pilates Anatomy takes you inside the exercises and programs that will tone the body, stabilize the core, improve balance, and increase flexibility. Using the original mat work of Joseph Pilates, you'll see how key muscles are used, how variations and minor adjustments can influence effectiveness, and how breathing, alignment, posture, and movement are all fundamentally linked.
Choosing from 46 exercises, you can target a particular body region and delve deeper to stretch, strengthen, and finely coordinate specific muscles. With 65 additional illustrations of modifications, progressions, and variations you can personalize your practice to make these exercises more accessible, challenging, or different. You'll also find techniques for breathing, concentration, and self-awareness for a unique exercise experience that enhances your mind and your body.
Whether you are just beginning to explore the beauty and benefits of Pilates or have been practicing for years, Pilates Anatomy is a one-of-a-kind resource that you'll refer to again and again.
Chapter 1. Six Key Principles of Pilates Chapter 2. Spine, Core, and Body Alignment Chapter 3. Muscles, Movement Analysis, and Mat Work Chapter 4. Foundation for a Mat Session Chapter 5. Abdominal Work for Movement and Stabilization Chapter 6. Fine Articulation for a Flexible Spine Chapter 7. Bridging for a Functional Spine Chapter 8. Side Exercises for an Effective Core Chapter 9. Extensions for a Strong Back Chapter 10. Customizing Your Pilates Program
"Karen and Rael are two of the most respected names in the Pilates field, and Pilates Anatomy, Second Edition, brings together their clarity and passion. This book is at the top of my list." —Nora St. John, Education Program Director for Balanced Body University
“Anatomy is a fundamental science that is absolutely necessary to truly understand human movement. Rael and Karen do an amazing job of bringing anatomy to life for Pilates teachers. This second edition brings the Pilates teacher updated information, including functional muscular and skeletal anatomy combined with planes of movement and the application of anatomy to basic Pilates principles. Rael’s ability to bring order to the exercise and its corresponding anatomy is a gift. We are looking forward to adding the second edition of Pilates Anatomy to our must-read list.” —Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS, PMA®-CPT, President of Polestar Life Retreats and Southwind Retreat Center
"Karen Clippinger and Rael Isacowitz have done an excellent job of honoring the past of Joseph Pilates’ great body of work, acknowledging the present, and forging into the future. The technique cues and exercise notes after each segment in Pilates Anatomy, Second Edition, are invaluable for every student of Pilates, from beginner to advanced.” —Marika Molnar, PT, LAc, FIADMS, Director of Westside Dance Physical Therapy and Clinical Advisor for the PhysicalMind Institute
Rael Isacowitz has over 30 years of Pilates achievement and is a prominent lecturer and teacher at symposiums, universities, and studios around the globe. In 1989, he founded Body Arts and Science International (BASI Pilates), which has developed into one of the foremost Pilates education organizations in the world. At present, BASI Pilates is represented in 20 countries.
Rael has authored the definitive book on Pilates (Pilates, Human Kinetics), published a series of training manuals on all the Pilates apparatus, produced DVDs, designed the revolutionary Avalon equipment, and created Pilates Interactive, the groundbreaking Pilates software. He is a regular contributor to several industry publications. Isacowitz resides in Hood River, Oregon.
Karen Clippinger is a professor at California State University at Long Beach, where she teaches functional anatomy for dance, body placement, Pilates, and other dance science courses. She is also on the faculty for Body Arts and Science International (BASI Pilates), where she teaches Pilates certification programs. She teaches continuing education courses for BASI Pilates and other prominent organizations.
Ms. Clippinger holds a master's degree in exercise science. Her textbook, Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology, exemplifies this mission; reviewers have lauded the book for its combination of scientific comprehensiveness and practical wisdom. Before joining academia, Clippinger worked as a clinical kinesiologist for 22 years at Loma Linda University Medical Center and several sports medicine clinics in Seattle. She has worked with hundreds of professional dancers and elite athletes and consulted for the U.S. Weightlifting Federation, U.S. race walking team, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She has given more than 375 presentations throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, England, Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa. Clippinger was also an exercise columnist for Shape magazine for four years.