Pilates with Diane 

Article by Diane Clark 17.06.16

I’m Diane Clark the owner of Pilates with Diane. I’ve been practising Pilates for 10 years.

I teach Pilates classes in Harbury and Ufton as well as at two Physiotherapy Clinics in Leamington Spa. These classes range from 6 to 10 clients dependant on the venue, but I also offer 1:1 & 1:2 sessions in my home studio complete with studio mirror….if you prefer a more personal Pilates experience

Here’s week 3 of my Back Series. 

This week- Pilates Bridge 

This mobilises the spine, strengthening the abdominals & hip flexors at the same time. It also tones the bottom & works the hamstrings.


Lie down in position (1) and find neutral spine. Pull up the pelvic floor muscles and feel a slight tension in the abdominal muscles by breathing the navel towards the spine. Ensure the abs are engaged throughout the exercise.· Inhale to prepare 


Exhale, tilt the pelvis up from the mat then the lower back, finally the mid back so you are resting on the base of your shoulder blades.


Inhale again and bring the arms up above the chest.


Gently exhale and release the back down to the mat.

Turn the arms so the palms face the knees and slowly return to the mat (4).

The feet can be directly on the mat or the floor. Mine are on the 1⁄2 roller to make the exercise more difficult. Repeat 10 x

Hope you enjoy and I’ll see you next week. 
Diane Clark

Pilates with Diane
Tel: 07809 621142
Email: diane66pilates@gmail.com

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