written by Carol Crincoli, Pure Pilates Director
Joseph Pilates reminds us that, “You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” In a Pilates workout, the entire body is strengthened and stretched, with a focus on moving the spine in all directions. We spend much of our day sitting in a chair, looking at our phones and computers so it’s important to keep our bodies active. This includes stretching and bending, extending, side bending and twisting the spine.
Joe also bluntly states, “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” And he’s not wrong. Increased mobility and flexibility of our bodies can help us feel better, perform our daily tasks with more ease and decrease the chance of injury.
While a regular Pilates practice or exercise routine is ideal for the health and wellness of our bodies, a short but consistent stretching routine may be all you need to get started.
Pure Pilates teacher Laura Harrell’s Stretch and Rotate is a 15 minute series of gentle stretches done on the floor. The focus of the class will be on stretching the body and rotating the spine. A great antidote to sitting in a chair for an extended period of time.
*Flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation is beneficial for most bodies, but neck and back injuries may limit movements for some. You should be cleared by your doctor before exercising. Listen to your body and work at your own pace when participating in a live or virtual workout.