Um blog que surgiu do interesse de três colegas de profissão, profissionais de adoram o que fazem e não se cansam de trocar experiência, discutir o porquê de cada coisa, aprender e melhorar a cada dia nosso ofício. Junte-se a nós, apresente sua opinião de como você trabalha com o pilates, interaja.... será um prazer trocarmos nossas experiências!

8 de ago de 2013

TcPilates de cara e site novo!

Recentemente resolvemos melhorar a nossa comunicação, procuramos um profissional da área que admirávamos e juntos iniciamos o projeto desta reestruturação junto com o Studio Motim.

Começamos desenvolvendo uma nova logomarca, depois a identidade visual e agora um site novo também. Desde o princípio nosso objetivo é deixar tudo mais clean, organizado e moderno para melhorar a comunicação com vocês, mas ao mesmo tempo, toda esta comunicação necessitava nos representar e assim foi lançado o desafio para o nosso designer.

Somos jovens apaixonadas pelo movimento. Nossa forma de trabalhar é baseada em equilíbrio, continuidade, disciplina... A logo surgiu através de um jogo com as letras da TcPilates aliada aos valores que carregamos e, ao sermos apresentadas a este desenho encontramos toda a simbologia que necessitávamos.

Surgiu um desenho que lembrava o Pinwhell do Joseph e que representa todo nosso respeito e admiração a ele e a Contrologia. Além disso o desenho nos lembra uma suástica, símbolo místico das mais diversa culturas e que se você buscar mais informações vai descobrir que importantes historiadores acreditam que a suástica tem um valor especial por ser encontrada em muitas culturas desde o período neolítico sem contatos umas com as outras. Foi inclusive uma inspiração (deturpada) para representar o nazismo,  mas muito antes disso já estava na cultura dos índios, Astecas, Celtas, Budistas, Gregos, Hindus. Carrega consigo uma vasta, profunda e bonita simbologia. Precisa de mais alguma razão para nos encantarmos?

Ai está nossa nova cara... visite o nosso site, conheça nossa visão, valores, aproveite todas as novidades que estaremos lançando a partir de agora e conte conosco! Juntos podemos construir um Pilates de Qualidade, mantendo o respeito a todos os contextos históricos do método e incluindo todas as evoluções científicas favoráveis ao nosso movimento como profissionais da saúde!

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30 de jun de 2013

PLIOMETRIA: Prancha de saltos no Método Pilates

Olá turma do blog!
 
Nossa leitora Luana nos escreveu perguntando sobre prancha de saltos no método Pilates e sobre suas contra-indicações.E surgiu mais uma idéia bacana de postagem, então: vamos lá!
 
PLIOMETRIA: PRANCHA DE SALTOS NO MÉTODO PILATES
 
No final da década de 60, o treinador soviético Yuri Verkhoshanski,  transformou o que eram apenas saltos aleatórios em treinamento pliométrico organizado (ROSSI e BRANDALIZE, 2007).
A Pliometria é definida como uma forma de exercício físico que ativam o ciclo excêntrico-concêntrico do músculo esquelético, provocando sua potencialização elástica, mecânica e reflexa. (MOURA e MOURA , 2005).
O objetivo da técnica é melhorar a capacidade de reação do sistema neuromuscular e armazenar energia elástica durante o pré-alongamento, para que esta seja utilizada durante a fase concêntrica do movimento (DESLANDES, 2003). Esses exercícios promovem a estimulação dos proprioceptores corporais para facilitar o aumento do recrutamento muscular numa mínima quantidade de tempo.
          A biomecânica da Pliometria trata-se da criação de uma reação oposta à ação prévia, dando-lhe uma maior velocidade, na busca do aproveitamento da energia produzida.
Contração muscular concêntrica: Produção de força através da interação dos componentes contrátil (filamentos de actina e miosina)e pouca energia elástica é armazenada.
Contração muscular excêntrica: O músculo e o componente elástico são alongados, dessa forma, uma quantidade maior de energia elástica é estocada.
Dentro do método Pilates a Pliometria se aplica através dos exercícios da Prancha de Saltos no Reformer.
 
BENEFÍCIOS DA PLIOMETRIA APLICADOS AO
MÉTODO PILATES
 
 
•        Diminuição da sobrecarga articular;
•       Conforto e estabilidade;
•       Segurança;
•       Possibilidade de controlar cargas;
•       Ludicidade;
•       Impacto controlado, saltos horizontais;
•       Único componente aeróbio abordado no método Pilates ;
•       Possibilidade de aplicar treinamento pliométrico membros superiores;
•       Excelente e seguro estímulo para casos de osteopenia e osteoporose;
•       Boa estratégia proprioceptiva para reabilitações articulares;
 
Algumas contra- indicações para aplicação da Prancha de Saltos
•       Gestantes : devido à posição de decúbito dorsal , à intensa contração abdominal e pélvica para realização dos exercícios
•       Hipertensos: devido principalmente  ao decúbito dorsal
•       Hérnia de disco: avaliar os casos individualmente e a condição física do cliente
•       Edemas em geral, com ênfase em MMII
•       Quadros álgicos em geral;
•       Pós-operatórios imediatos;
•       Presença de inflamação aguda;
•       Derrames articulares;
•       Idosos: avaliar os casos individualmente, considerando a saúde em geral (labirintite, cardiopatias, problemas neurológicos, etc)
 
Quem ainda não trabalha com as infinitas possibilidades da prancha de saltos, poderá conhecer um pouco mais com o nosso workshop: PLIOMETRIA:  Prancha de saltos no Reformer!  com data prevista para o mês de outubro em São Paulo.
 
E você, já trabalha com Pliometria no Método Pilates com atletas, idosos ou público em geral?  Conte para nós sua experiência.
 
Abraços e até a próxima postagem!
 
Viviane Vales
 

11 de jun de 2013

Quais as diferenças entre Yoga e Pilates?

Um bom texto para esclarecer alguns pontos.


What's the Difference Between Yoga and Pilates?

I have always thought of the combination of Pilates and yoga as the perfect marriage. Both are transformational, focused methods of movement that facilitate positive change in the body, mind and spirit. In my opinion, their differences complement one another in the best of ways. Pilates is known as a "workout," and yoga as a "practice"; however, the irony here is that, in order to improve at anything, we have to practice, and when we practice well both Pilates and yoga are can be exceptional workouts.  And as you will see, both are worthy of your time and attention for innumerable reasons.
 
Unless you're very familiar with both—or a trained instructor—it may be difficult to tell how these two programs are different. In truth, there is a lot of overlap and similarities between yoga and Pilates. And what better way to understand them both than with a little history lesson on each. 
 
Pilates
Born near Dusseldorf, Germany, in 1880, Joseph H. Pilates had his challenges as a child, suffering from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever.  His determination to heal led to his study of Eastern and Western forms of exercise, including yoga and ancient Greek and Roman exercise regimens.
 
By the time he was 14, Pilates had quickly become a veritable renaissance man of exercise. Accomplished as a wrestler, diver, skier and a gymnast, he was even asked to pose as a model for anatomical charts. When World War I broke out, he was interned for a year in England, and while in the camp, he taught his fellow internees the physical fitness program he had developed, boasting that they would emerge stronger than they were before imprisonment. Those who followed his program are said to have resisted the influenza epidemic that killed thousands.

Always curious and compassionate, after encountering soldiers who were disabled as a result of wartime injuries, he began devising machines using the springs from old hospital beds to facilitate their rehabilitation. These machines were the very prototypes of the specialized equipment that is used in Pilates studios today, which utilize pulleys and springs as resistance to build strength and increase overall flexibility in the spine and limbs. These Pilates apparatus, which includes the ReformerCadillac (or Trapeze Table), Wunda Chair, and barrels, are still used today to create a body that is uniformly sculpted, powerful and bio-mechanically efficient.
 
Pilates fittingly called his method "Contrology," (the study of control) and believed that it would help people to develop the strength and fortitude in body and mind, not only to accomplish daily mundane tasks with ease, but to live life to the fullest. 
 
"Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of exercises you progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities. It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit." – Joseph Pilates
 
Often called a "moving meditation," because of the incredible focus of mind on the body, Pilates is a non-impact exercise system that emphasizes alignment and body awareness. Done regularly, Pilates exercises can change people's bodies, helping them sculpt muscles and improving flexibility. It helps practitioners develop unmatched core strength, and optimal posture. It helps to improve breathing and increasesefficiency of movement.
 
Pilates exercises focus on the "powerhouse," or the stabilizing muscles of the torso, which support the spine. True for exercises performed both on the mat and the apparatus, every movement one does in a Pilates workout emanates from the core, keeping practitioners "honest," by gently forcing them to use both sides of the body symmetrically. In order to successfully initiate and achieve a movement, both sides have to participate equally, giving the dominant, overused muscles a break, and demanding that the "weaker" underutilized muscles have an opportunity to participate, hence, literally balancing the body.
 
Pilates is based on six principles which enable you to learn to move with maximum efficiency while minimizing stress on the body:
  1. Centering: Strengthening the powerhouse and "corset" muscles of the body, which include the abdominals, pelvis, buttocks and back.
  2. Concentration: Bringing one's full attention to the form and execution of each exercise.
  3. Control: Engaging the mind to unite with the body to economize movement (i.e. learning to use only the muscles necessary to perform a task, while the rest of the body relaxes).
  4. Precision: Employing the notion that every movement has a purpose, resulting in a "less is more," and "quality over quantity" philosophy. When a movement is performed well a few times, there is no need to do more.
  5. Breath: Moving in tandem with the breath, resulting in enhanced lung capacity, overall coordination and facilitating a stronger mind-body connection.
  6. Flow: Every movement in a Pilates exercise is performed with the grace and ease of a dancer.
Because Pilates is gentle and challenging at the same time, it is safe and effective for nearly everyone, irrespective of age or fitness ability, from expectant mothers to the super fit. It is also a phenomenal cross-training tool, helping you to maximize the sports and activities you love the most. Many professional athletes turn to Pilates when they want to bring their best, and the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil regularly trains on the Pilates apparatus to perform their awe-inspiring feats.
 
The medical community also recognizes Pilates as a modality that assists with physical therapy. Pilates work is often incorporated into conventional therapy to facilitate healing and protect clients from future injury. It's so beneficial, in fact, that many people continue with a Pilates regime long after they have healed from their injuries. Pilates also offers tremendous benefit and relief for people who suffer from chronic conditions, such as arthritis and asthma. Because every exercise involves deep, diaphragmatic breathing, Pilates aids specifically in opening the lungs, helping shallow breathers learn how to breathe properly and build respiratory stamina. Pilates enhances circulatory function and builds the muscles that surround the joints, providing a new support, and simultaneously lubricating the joints, helping to reduce inflammation, which leads to arthritis.  Finally, through the development of a stronger core, and emphasis of neutral spinal alignment, Pilates helps people to correct postural imbalances, prevent and heal chronic back pain, and improve overall spine health.
 
"In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a new body." – Joseph Pilates
 
Yoga
Yoga means "to yoke," or "to conjoin." This holistic practice is deeply rooted in ancient Indian culture that unites the mind, body and spirit through movement, breathing techniques and meditation. 
 
Yoga's exact origin and history is uncertain; however, we do know that it is thousands of years old, the earliest signs of yoga postures having appeared as drawings on artifacts dating back to 3000 B.C. Yoga was introduced in the West during the early 19th century where it began as a movement for health and vegetarianism, and by the 1960s, there was an influx of Indian teachers who expounded on yoga and are responsible for the myriad styles we have available to us today. The yogi Swami Sivananda, a doctor in Malaysia, is best known for codifying the "Five Principles of Yoga" which are now taught in yoga classes all over the world and facilitate strength, balance, flexibility, anti-aging and the curing of illness and disease. These five principles include:
  1. Asanas (proper exercise)
  2. Pranayama (correct breathing)
  3. Saucha (proper diet)
  4. Dhyana (positive thinking and meditation)
  5. Savasana (complete relaxation)
The origin of yoga is a spiritual one. It was originally used as a means to move energy through the body in such a way that the student is left feeling calm enough to sit in meditation after the practice. While many schools of yoga still have these spiritual goals and components, many others focus on the physical aspects alone—using yoga as a form of exercise that builds strength, flexibility and balance.
 
On the physical level, yoga postures, called asanas, are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body, increase flexibility, and promote blood flow to all the organs, glands, and tissues, keeping all the body's systems healthy and balanced. Sun salutations, warrior poses, standing balances, seated forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions and savasana are all standard poses that you will see in just about any yoga class, regardless of the style. Nearly every class generally follows a progression from standing to seated poses. While yoga is practiced by many with goals of spiritual union and improved health, make no mistake: It is quite a workout, too. Every muscle gets stretched, strengthened and challenged is a yoga class.
 
The yoga philosophy believes the breath to be the most important facet of health, because it is the largest source of prana, or life force, we have available to us, and when we learn to harness it, anything is possible. Hatha yoga, the primary influence inmodern yoga, utilizes pranayama, which literally means "the science or control of breathing" to help the practitioner quiet the mind, embrace the present moment and manifest good health.
 
Achieving proper alignment in each yoga posture, and moving into greater ranges of motion while staying connected to one's breath, challenges your comfort level and leads to transformation from the inside out; practitioners of yoga often see improvements in patience, physical strength, balance, flexibility, stress, energy levels and more. 
 
"Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul." – Amit Ray
 
Pilates vs. Yoga: Similarities & Differences
Many of the exercises you'll see in a Pilates workout are inspired by yoga, and the postures in yoga are incredibly similar to the shapes and positions used in Pilates exercises. At the same time, there are exercises that are completely unique to Pilates as well as those that are specific to yoga class alone. A major difference is that in yoga, one generally holds each pose for a longer period of time, while in Pilates, you move at a slightly faster pace. Rather than holding a pose longer the way you would in a typical yoga class, staying in one position and cajoling the body into stretching more deeply through the breath, in Pilates, the practitioner dynamically extends as far as possible within a limited amount of time using resistance, core awareness and breath.
 
Here are some additional similarities between yoga and Pilates.
  • Both are considered mind-body forms of exercise, intended to cultivate greater awareness and connection between the body and the mind.
  • Both tend to focus on the "journey" of moving, rather than the end goal, which can be anything from a stronger, well-toned body to peace of mind.
  • Both encourage you to focus on the present moment and the movement itself rather than the outcome.
  • Both mat-based programs tone and condition the muscles using body weight as a natural resistance tool. Pilates, however, does have the option to incorporate machines or "apparatus" to perform exercises. 
  • Both need little more than a sticky mat to be performed. Yoga also incorporates simple props used to enhance comfort and form (such as blocks, cushions andstraps). Some Pilates mat exercises use props that can either increase the challenge (by adding resistance) or aid in form, such as the magic circle (a resistance ring), inflated balls, or resistance bands.
  • Both improve circulation and highly oxygenate the system.
A Few Key Differences between Yoga & Pilates
  • Yoga concentrates mostly on increasing strength and flexibility of the spine and limbs; Pilates focuses on building abdominal strength first, and then symmetrical musculature as well as overall flexibility.
  • In Pilates, every movement emanates from the center (core) and extending through the limbs. In yoga, it is the concentration on the breath, first, then focusing on deepening a pose.
  • In yoga, the primary goal (aside from proper alignment in the poses), is to stay connected to the breath; in Pilates, the first order of business is the precision of movement, and then, the coordination of that movement with the breath.
  • The breathing patterns are different in both. In yoga, for the bulk of the asana practice, the breath is either ujjayi, a smooth, heat-inducing breath that sounds like the ocean, or kapalabhati, a rapid breath that creates greater internal heat. In Pilates, the breath for most exercises is a slow, controlled, diaphragmatic breath, but a few exercises use a rapid, staccato-like breath (similar to kapalabhati breathing in yoga).
  • In Pilates, most of the exercises are performed lying down, either prone (on the stomach), supine (on the back), or side-lying. These movements aim to defy gravity the entire time, engaging the abdominal center in order to lift up from the ground to lengthen muscles. In yoga, most of the poses are done standing, and work with gravity by rooting down into the earth in order to lengthen the body away from the floor (with the exception of arm balances and inversions where one tries to defy gravity). Note that in yoga, there are a number of poses done on the floor as well, such as seated forward bends, twists, bow pose, and plow, and in Pilates, there is also standing series, such as the sculpting series or exercises that integrate the magic circle prop.
My love of Pilates and yoga began long before their popularity rose and has served as pillars of strength for me in all aspects of my professional, athletic and artistic life—conditioning my body, enlivening my spirit, reinforcing my self-esteem and overall sense of well-being.  I continue to be amazed and delighted every time I teach a class (or I take one!) at just how simple, yet powerfully transformational Pilates and yoga are and the positive impact they have on body, mind and spirit. They center and balance me, making me more aware of myself and my surroundings, so that I have greater reserves to share good feelings with others, reminding me of what is truly important in life. All differences aside, both practices make us into healthier, kinder, more generous, more connected, conscious people, which, in turn, makes the world a better place.
 
What's the best way to really learn how they're different? Try them for yourself and experience them live! As I've said, together, they are the perfect combination.
 
About the Author
An integrated wellness, fitness and lifestyle expert, Jennifer Kries is an internationally renowned mind-body-spirit innovator. The first to bring Pilates, and "The Method," the groundbreaking synthesis of Pilates, yoga and dance to a mass audience, her award-winning videos, DVDs, and TV show revolutionized the fitness community and started the explosive wave of enthusiasm for Pilates and mind-body exercise. She is the creator and producer of several original DVD Series, including her all-new Waking Energy Teacher TrainingThe Hot Body Cool Mind DVD Series, and The Pilates Method Master Trainer Series. Jennifer has inspired countless readers, practitioners, instructors, and viewers alike to embrace her all-encompassing philosophy of movement, art, health, life and energy. Her attention to detail, superb teaching style, artistry, and knowledge of Eastern healing techniques makes her one of the most sought after mind-body teachers in the world today. Learn more at www.JenniferKries.com.

Fonte:
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