Pilates Mat Exercises ~ Slow Moving (Gishler IMN)
to Strengthen, Understand, Fine Tune
Classes & Private Sessions
Many Pilates classes are 1 hour long and exercises are done one right after the other. As a person who looks at the body and joints from the perspective of how the Nerves affect the muscles; it was very hard for me to teach 6 or more people in a class where the clients expected the class to move at a quick pace.
What I saw time and time again was exercising done on misaligned joints. When doing the exercises quickly clients proceeded to fall right back into an old pattern of using their joints incorrectly. Which meant some of the clients were leaving class, possibly hurting more than when the class began.
If the exercises are done slowly there is time to focus, strengthen and correct the use of the muscles while moving. It also enhances the instructor's ability to correct the client's incorrect placement.
The slower you move the more muscles you use. If you are using more muscles then more nerves have to be on and communicating. With more nerves on you are able to correct your old habitual muscle patterns. The slow movement helps to use all of the muscles not just the larger ones.
Exercise is great for the body if the joints are strong and aligned;
if they are not then exercising the area will be hurting it more than helping.
Slow moving Pilates (Gishler IMN) helps you:
Understand the purpose of the exercise and your goal in doing it.
Gives you time to feel what is happening in your body and joints while moving.
Helps you learn to read what the joints are telling you.
Gives you time to find your breath and rhythm in your movement.
Helps you detect old patterns in your joint movement that are not helping but hurting you.
And so much more.....