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  • Sharon Parsons

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.

  • improved circulation

  • increased flexibility

  • reduced muscle tension

  • reduced chance of injury

  • quicker post-workout recovery

  • improved range of motion

Hard foam roller Soft foam roller 2. Theraband If you are lying on your back it can feel as if your toes feel light years away, consider adding a Theraband to your practice. This versatile tool is especially useful for stretching tight hamstrings and the lower back while lying down on the mat Theraband 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! Resistant band loops 4. Overball This squishy inflated ball is one of the most versatile and commonly found props in a Pilates studio. It is an extremely useful tool which will prompt us when we are compensating in a pose. By squeezing the ball in different movements, you will activate different muscle groups, and you can target different areas of the body to work on. Overball 5. Tennis ball A tennis ball is the perfect size to provide pressure on your feet, and give them a massage to wake them up. Stand on the ball (or you can place your foot on the ball while seated), and let the weight of your leg to the work. Roll the ball all around your foot. The smaller the ball, the higher the pressure will be. If you carry a lot of tension in your feet, consider trying a smaller lacrosse ball. Trigger point ball for your feet 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. Magic circl 7. Block 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! Yoga block 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 xo,