We are honored and excited to welcome Pilates Instructor Rose Marie Ottman to Tahoe Club 100. During the month of March Rose Marie will be teaching her 4 week Training Series: ‘Pilates Mat Fitness’
For those of you who don’t know trainer Rose Marie, she is revered for her experience and teachings with Pilates since 1998. She was a professional dancer in New York and Los Angeles giving her that detailed eye for movement.
Read Rose Marie’s bio (Click here.)
Guest Blog: Rose Marie Ottman and Pilates
The Pilates method is mind/body, meaning you must move through space with conscious awareness integrating your breath and movement fluidly with attention to the parts and the whole moving with coordination.
Pilates develops strength and flexibility with attention to core initiated movement. The torso and the pelvis act as the primary stabilizers allowing the limbs to move with greater support to help prevent injuries and improve balance.
Pilates exercises can be done on a mat where resistance is created with your own body weight or by using equipment where the resistance comes from springs and pulleys. In our ever increasing stress-filled lives, bringing our attention into the present with conscious coordinated breath and movement can restore not only our physical bodies, but also improve mental emotional and spiritual balance in the process.
The goal with Pilates is to work smarter and more efficiently to improve endurance so you can enjoy your sports and activities for longer. Understanding proper body mechanics can help you make better choices to improve your posture and reduce unnecessary wear and tear on the joints through better alignment. Less can sometimes be more. A stronger core can help distribute the workload among the various body parts so nothing is overtaxed.
Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing and expecting a different result. That is why mind/body methods of exercise that improve kinesthetic awareness such as Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and Gyrotonic® can be so useful.
We cannot change a dysfunctional movement pattern until we become self-aware of the patterns that currently exist in our bodies. Breath integration, quality of movement, spatial alertness, flow of tension, and body alignment are just a few of the facets we can observe as we move.
My goal as a teacher is to educate students how to notice what is going on and provide the tools for change.