7 Props to Buy for Your Pilates Practice
Using different tools in your pilates practice is a great way to take your routine to a whole other level. There are countless options on the market, but here are 7 products that I would recommend you include to your pilates practice today!
1. Foam Roller
This is a very popular item people include in their pilates and workout routine, I’m sure many of you have seen them before! The foam is quite firm, and you roll it under different parts of your body.
The foam roller is meant to massage and smooth out the fascia tissue in our body. Massaging this tissue frees up the muscle to move with greater ease, and lessens any restriction we may be feeling.
reduced muscle tension
reduced chance of injury
quicker post-workout recovery
improved range of motion
This versatile tool is especially useful for stretching tight hamstrings and the lower back while lying down on the mat
3. Fabric resistant band
These bands are typically tougher, and provide greater resistance. This is very convenient if you are practicing in a tight space. The movement remains small, but the intensity of your poses significantly increases. These bands are also a great choice while traveling!
5. Tennis ball
6. Magic Circle
This tool has so many options! I typically encourage people to use the magic circle to bring the full breadth of a stretch back to their centre. This will also help you to improve your balance abilities during a full class.
In Pilates Mat classes, these firm but not rigid foam blocks can take the place of a Magic Circle or an Overball. These blocks provide you with extra support and can prevent you from over-extending yourself, thus decreasing the chance of an injury!
Depending on the type of sequences you are performing, you may find that you need one or two blocks. Remember that you can use all sides of the block, so stack them, place them vertically: use them in whatever way makes you feel supported.
I hope you've found this blog post helpful! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. I want to know what your thoughts are on the products we talked about in this article and how they might work for you! Remember, there's no one-size-fits all solution when it comes to pilates so experiment with different tools until you find the right ones for your body type and needs. Let me know what works best for YOU by commenting below or emailing me at [email protected]