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Easy-to-learn exercises on the CoreAlign emphasize an upright posture and are designed to improve posture, balance and functional movement. Developed by physical therapist Jonathan Hoffman, CoreAlign exercises facilitate musculoskeletal rehabilitation by stimulating core stability muscles to fire in perfect timing while performing challenging exercises, very deep stretches and core-controlled aerobic training. Also great for performance enhancement and as a regular exercise regimen for a healthy lifestyle.
The CoreAlign’s frame encloses two tracks and carts, which move independently with smooth resistance (or assistance) created by six elastic resistance tube assemblies on each cart. Resistance/assistance is possible in one or both directions. Extraordinary versatility – hundreds of functional movement exercises!
Claire Webster (of The Rivermead Osteopaths) said recently “I had a go on Stewart Heath’s (of Bodysense UK Ltd) new CoreAlign machine two days ago. Really great! Legs aching today, but in a positive way. Great addition to Stewart’s Pilates repertoire. This could form an integral part of staying strong, improving posture, and avoiding aches and pains (after the first couple of days!).”
See some CoreAlign exercises here
Cadillac (Trapeze Table)
The word Cadillac conjures up big convertible cars with fins, electric windows and fancy hub caps and in Joseph Pilates hay day Cadillac stood for All-American comfort, innovation and luxury . That is why Pilates named this piece of equipment he invented the Cadillac – it has all the bells and whistles you could possibly want and it is big and comfortable.
There are so many elements to the machine: leg springs, arm springs, fluffy loops to hang from, a push-through bar to stretch you out, and even a trapeze.
As a piece of equipment it looks pretty intimidating – it is about 6 feet tall. When clients first see the Cadillac, they joke that it looks like a medieval torture device or kinky sex playground – and the name trap table, fluffy cuffs and trapeze just feeds into the imagination.
You can isolate almost every muscle group on the machine. It’s an excellent piece of equipment tool for breaking down motion into small pieces to restore correct motion patterns. Using the leg springs is one of the best ways to get runners to fully use their hamstrings. Because the Cadillac is such a large piece of equipment it is rarely used in group classes. So the best way to experience this machine is in a private Pilates session.
The Pilates Cadillac is an extremely vestal piece of Pilates Equipment and like all other pieces of Pilates equipment can be used to progress and regress movement in order to address the functional needs of the of the advanced as well as the beginner Pilates enthusiast.
See some Pilates Cadillac exercises here
Victoria and David Beckham (Posh and Becks) use the Pilates Cadillac Trapeze here