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Private, duet or, semi-private or groups classes. Pilates, pre-, post- natal and pregnancy classes in the heart of Amsterdam Oud West.
About The Movement Practice Located in the Oud-West of Amsterdam, the Movement Practice is a growing studio that seeks to make health and movement a part of daily life. They use a variety of disciplines and philosophies to facilitate health, fitness and wellbeing. The Movement Practice offers private and small-group classes using specially designed Balanced Body® machines as well as mat classes. Co-directors Amy Cox and Mira Hassan have together more than 25 years’ experience as Pilates instructors and extensive backgrounds in professional dance, anatomy studies and movement research. All instructors at The Movement Practice are certified, with a wealth of knowledge and international experience. Their specialities include injury rehabilitation and prevention: from elite athletes to clients recovering from accidents. The following principles are essential tools in they work with to bring harmony to body and mind through movement.
Centering In Pilates we place a great emphasis on the center, also known as the powerhouse or core: the area from the bottom of ribcage to the pelvic floor and the gluteals. All Pilates movements originate from this center.
Concentration The mind guides the body, so close attention is essential in Pilates. Every position and movement is interrelated - it is important to first focus the mind in order to isolate, and then work, each muscle correctly.
Control Every exercise is executed with total muscular control. No body part is left to its own devices.
Precision Every Pilates movement has a bio-mechanical purpose requiring precision and alignment in the placement and trajectory of every body part. This sense of exactness is a key focus during classes.
Breathing Breath is a vehicle to achieve inner focus. It promotes natural movement and is the first step to educating the neuromuscular system. Breath cleanses, guides and rejuvenates body, mind and spirit.
Flowing movements Creating fluidity, ease of movement and gracefulness is the goal in every exercise.
Stress relief The inward focus of Pilates facilitates greater body awareness. The combination of careful attention and focused breathing reduces stress and anxiety and improves concentration.
About Pilates Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph H. Pilates, the Pilates technique emphasizes spinal and pelvic alignment and the importance of core strength. It is a body conditioning system that incorporates floor work and spring resistance exercises on machines to build flexibility, lean muscles and develop strength and endurance in legs, abdomen, arms, hips and spine. Pilates encourages deep, lateral breathing to assist circulation, energy and well-being. Results include increased body awareness, muscle tone and strength as well as improved posture. Everyone can do Pilates. Its flexible system allows exercises to be modified to the appropriate level and physical condition. There is always scope for development and progression to a higher intensity of work.
1. Foster core strength
2. Significantly improve posture, balance and alignment
3. Increase range of joint motion
4. Rehabilitate and prevent injury
5. Reduce existing pain
6. Build a strong, flexible body
7. Increase lung capacity and circulation
8. Relieve stress and tension
The Classes The Movement Practice teaches movement with efficiency, precision and a strong focus on personal attention. In turn, each client develops increased energy, strength, body awareness and functional stability. Each 60-minute class serves as a building block to a program constructed around individual milestones. Machine class: Private, duet or semi-private (max. 3 people) Mat classes: Private, small group, Pre- and Post-natal, Corporate (max. 8 people)
- Injury Prevention
- Pre- Natal
- Private Classes
- Private Sessions
- Semi-Private Classes
Judyta - InLivin10 nov 13
Riding the pelvic elevator :)I have always been a hardcore workout person, but recently had to change my exercise routine due to pregnancy. I get mixed messages as to how much a mom-to-be can do, and have been advised to stop running and start doing regular but lighter workouts. I have tried pregnancy yoga (very enjoyable, but simple... full details
Amsterdam Sam24 sep 13