ROOF TOP MAT PILATES WITH JAMES SHAW; BLOC PILATES

The other day we met up again with our August guest blogger, James Shaw - Pilates Teacher at Bloc Pilates. This time we chose an outdoor space, the Netil 360 Roof top bar. Luckily after all that crazy rain in London we had a super lovely and sunny hour on their roof top. We have worked with James before on some Reformer Pilates poses which we have talked about here. In this post you'll find lots of informations about MAT PILATES

Mat Pilates

Mat Pilates is a series of exercises which can be modified and adapted so that everyone can participate. The Pilates Method was designed specifically to be performed on a mat. Joseph Pilates originally called the method Contrology, he developed mat exercises that were quite similar to the work done on Pilates large equipment like the Reformer, Cadillac. The exercises within the method were designed to challenge your muscles and joints in a verity of ways. Using the pilates principles of Control, Flow, Precision, Concentration, Breath, Centering to connect the mind to the muscle to explore the body's movement capabilities achieve a more balanced body. 

Pilates matwork can be done anywhere and with just a mat. Thus making it easy to teach in a group environment, making it more affordable way to start your pilates journey.

Get Your Core Connection 

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In pilates we aim to balance the whole body, but pay special attention to our "Powerhouse" or core. The powerhouse is made up of lower abdominals, lower back, pelvic floor and glutes. You'll hear lots about you're core connection. Below is a overview about the 3 main connections used in your pilates class. These can be tough to master if your in a group environment you can be like what's your transverse connection. Take a read!

Transverse Abdominal 

Our transverse Abdominal is our innermost abdominal muscle. It connects to our spine and wraps around to the front of your body. It also attaches to our lower 6 ribs and to the top of your entire pelvis. Our Transverse Abdominal stabilises your spine and pelvis, and lifts and supports your internal organs. To engage imagine there's a string at the back of the belly button and you're drawing your navel back towards your spine. You'll maintain a light connection throughout your pilates workout.

Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and connective tissue that sits under the bones of the pelvis like a hammock. If you bring your index fingers together and your thumbs together to make a triangle, this is about the size of your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles connect to the pubic bone. We hold a light connection with our pelvic floor throughout our pilates class. Your connection should feel like a lift in pubic bone area. 

Lateral Breathing

In lateral breathing, air is directed into the sides and back of the ribcage. The ribs expand outward and upward. In pure lateral breathing, the belly moves only very minimally. In combined lateral-belly breathing, the ribcage expands and the belly gently extends outward a little. Using this technique helps to maintain the above two core connections and also help puts oxygen deeper in the lower lobes of the lungs. 

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NETIL 360, EAST LONDON ROOF TOP BAR

BLOC REFORMER PRIVATE

Fancy a Private Reformer Pilates Session with James. 

1 SESSION: £85

5 SESSIONS: £375

10 SESSIONS: £650

 Bookings: http://blocpilates.com/bookings/

THIS VIEW

ANNABELL X BRIAN ROLFE DAYLIGHT SHOOT

As a model you should always have an `up to date` portfolio, which means: you should have pictures in your book, which are ideally not older then 1 year. To have those, you either have a lot of great material from paid jobs or every now and then you'll invest into some test shoots. 

This time I (Annabell) wanted to update my portfolio after I came back from my big holidays, as I knew that my skin will be nice and tanned. So I got in touch with Brian Rolfe a few month before my holidays to talk about a potential shoot in May for when I`m back. We found a date, I packed some classic & simple clothes and some lingerie and took the train down to Brian's studio. We were lucky enough to have picked a day, on one of the hottest days in London ;) This meant, Brian was able to set up his studio in the garden and we just used the daylight to create those lovely images.

For a test shoot, I always try to create a mood board to see if the photographer is on the same page. Brian and I usually have the same ideas, so it's very easy for us to work hand in hand. Obviously the Make up artist plays a big role as well. For this shoot we had the lovely Sarah Mcilwain-bates on board who did a fantastic job with my hair and the make up inspiration. THE 4 OF US have worked with Sarah recently on a different shoot, and I also worked with her for the third time on another test shoot, which I`ll be sharing here soon too. 

I just love shooting with Brian Rolfe, he's one of my favourite photographers to work with, it's always fun, easy and quick. I shot with him a few times before in the period of 2 years, even once with the girls for one of our header shots. Find some of the other shoots with Brian at the bottom of this post.

So here I am showing you my new favourites from the shoot day. xx Annabell 

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SIMPLE BEAUTY SHOTS CREATED WITH DAYLIGHT

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Find more images from this shoot here: www.brianrolfe.co.uk/annabell-1

Find more images from this shoot here: www.brianrolfe.co.uk/annabell-1

CLASSIC PORTRAITS

LACES & STRIPES

Lingerie by Fleur of England

THE INSPIRATION

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