Therapeutic Pilates: Applications
The following are characteristics of the Pilates equipment:
- Guided movements
- Multiple levels of intensity and challenge
- The difficulty of any Pilates exercise can be increased
or decreased by means of the following options:
- Altering resistance by means of the springs:
- Concentric muscle work is usually increased by adding resistance, eccentric muscle work the by reducing resistance.
- Changing the base of support:
- Increasing the base of support will always make the exercise easier to perform.
- Altering the path of movement:
- A larger range of motion will usually increase challenge, as more dynamic stability is required.
- Adjusting the length of lever:
- Increasing lever length adds load to the lever arm at the pivot point, but may also facilitate an exercise (e.g., if passive support is thereby created).
- Altering planes of movement:
- Moving in only one movement plane decreases difficulty; movement in multiple planes increases the difficulty of an exercise