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Pilates Anatomy?

A total of 7 reviews of this product on Reddit.

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8th Oct 2018

Pilates Anatomy book is a good reference for every exercise, Rael Isacowitz goes into a lot of detail though I’m not sure he mentions imprint in every exercise. I’ve linked to the book on Amazon but there’s a free PDF floating around online.

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30th May 2016


I’ve spent many hours every year looking for good core workout books. This one is far superior to anything I have ever seen. Its so comprehensive with the anatomy, has great illustrations of musculature, really describes proper breathing and technique (which are critical to avoid injury and to get greatest benefit from your hard work) and has so many exercises, many with alternatives and modifications. Good luck! I have the kindle version and the illustrations are perfect and can be easily enlarged, at least on my first-generation ipad.

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25th Nov 2015

Core work! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pilates-Anatomy-Rael-Isacowitz/dp/0736083863/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1448422289&sr=8-14&keywords=pilates

I have a completely messed up spine. This book is wonderful, I promote it to anyone (I don’t know the author or anything, I just think its the best book out there as it actually discusses the muscles involves and has great imaging.)

As a teen, your daughter ‘knows best’. Its a tough age. She likely feels zero pain. And if she is tall or feels uncomfortable in her own skin, its a common thing for girls to ‘hunch over’ and try to hide their bodies.

You’ve done your best. Not much more you can do if she doesn’t want to listen. Maybe when she’s in her early 20s and is more mature she will realize the importance of good posture, how it looks to others and how it can affect her own life, job prospects, health and whatnot.

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13th Nov 2021

technical – i mean that i am an engineer, so i like ‘manual’ approach.


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19th Aug 2016

I would avoid Bloglates, I don’t see how beginners can learn Pilates from it.

These vids are free and teaches you more about Pilates: http://www.howcast.com/guides/906-how-to-do-pilates/

Learning how the anatomy works in Pilates might be useful to you: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pilates-Anatomy-Rael-Isacowitz/dp/0736083863/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1471649643&sr=8-13&keywords=pilates

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17th Feb 2016

I put my foot down and insisted. So they gave me a script, and surprise surprise! I started at 20mgs every few hours (which was reasonable to start with) and within 2 months was up to 60mgs, and suddenly it was like the heavens opened up. I got relief! Not complete relief, and I eventually had to ramp up to 100mgs a day, but WAY more effective pain relief than the 3 fentanyl patches and cocktail of oxycontin and percocet. Methadone gets a bad rap but its bullshit. Methadone can very safely be used, its very cheap, and has very few side effects. I didn’t get the high anymore (which actually kind of sucked – might as well enjoy a little high if you are suffering so much).

So, try some new meds. Try higher doses. All with a doc’s oversight, of course, but if your current pain management doc (and you need a pain management doc, not a regular GP, because regular GPs have no idea how opiates interact and don’t know, for example, that mixing certain opiates can cause horrible reactions in a patient).

What else…you said he likes to hike. Movement is good. Hiking might not be the best for his body, but if he doesn’t get flare ups from it, then encourage him to keep doing gentle hikes. Has his doc discussed core strengthening? I have no idea what his injury is, but very often our cores (ab and back muscles) become very weak due to pain and injury. The more weak they become, the more work the larger back muscles must do, and that means more muscle spasms and more pain.

This book: http://www.amazon.com/Pilates-Anatomy-Rael-Isacowitz/dp/0736083863
is amazing.

I downloaded it to my kindle. Its by far the best core book I’ve ever seen. It has excellent illlustrations and descriptions and instructions so you actually know when to breath, proper posture, what to do, when to do it, etc. It helped me a LOT. I just use a yoga mat (two) on the floor and do these a few times a week. This book is far superior because it spends the first part discussions which muscles affect what, the importance of each muscle, and in an easy to understand manner. The illustrations are great. Core exercises rarely hurt and even healthy, fit people should do them. Your core is everything. Now, in doing these exercises, nothing should hurt. “Intensity” is ok. Hurt is not. Your dad can tailor the exercises so its challenging for him, but comfortable.

The first few months? I could barely do a thing. Now my core is much stronger and I can do core strength moves that I couldn’t even do before my spine injury, when I was really ripped and fit. Make sure its ok that your dad does core work w/his doc. I have to omit any twisting right/left moves, and your dad can omit whatever is clearly wrong for him.

I’m really trying to think of what else. How else to help your dad without pressuring him. Can I ask, how long ago was your dad’s surgery? Is he open to seeing a therapist about PTSD? I am not trying to pretend to be a shrink here, but chronic pain does something evil over time. It opens up this little door, hidden deep in the corner of your brain, that was never meant to be accessed. Does your dad have sleeping issues? Inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and get a restful sleep?

Does he have nightmares? I have chronic, very violent nightmares that contributed to my PTSD to the point where I was terrified to sleep as the nightmares were so vivid, so violent and so real that I’d often wake up screaming and my day would be ruined as I’d be so traumatized. Find out how he is sleeping.

Being in constant, severe pain fucks with your head. It destroys your ability to lead a normal life. You feel like a foreigner, an outsider looking in to an alien world where you were once a member but are now kicked out. You see all your friends and other people healthy, normal, working, living their lives, and you look normal on the outside but on the inside you are in pure agony and never, ever get a break. Other people judge you and think you are exaggerating while certain assholes judge anyone who takes opiates as “weak”. (I know nobody in your family is doing that, but he may have to deal with that from others or the world at large, and its exhausting as you are already fighting to not give up.)

A therapists who works with PTSD and chronic pain might help. If he won’t see one, even a book can help. Its not a magic bullet, but it can provide coping mechanisms.

How long ago did this all happen? If its within the first few years, that can often be the hardest time. Any time is hard with chronic pain, but if its “new”, you are battling the denial, the shock and betrayal of going into a surgery thinking it will help then leaving the surgery worse off, and that entire issue of having to accept the worst fear of all: “maybe I will never get better”. And let me tell you, for me, that was a fear that so scared me, I refused to even consider it for the first 3 years. I’m now 12 years into it and I still have moments of denial.

In the end, you can do all that I suggest, but if your dad refuses to take part in any of it, you’d done all you can. Just continue to be patient and compassionate. It doesn’t mean that you become a person’s personal slave, or allow them to abuse you (and I don’t mean to suggest at all that your dad is that way). There is just only so much your dad can do. My former father in law refused any help. None. And for him it was all free! He just sat around, didn’t exercise, didn’t go to his doc and now he’s way worse off. His son finally had to just let it go, and it broke his heart, but what could he do?

Your dad sounds different. More like he is desperate, he needs and wants to be better, but he may feel burned by his surgery and is terrified to let another doc ever open him up again.

So why not start with getting his pain managed better with meds? Different meds or higher doses? If he is maxed out and there truly are no other meds, how about a heart to heart talk? Ask him, what are your reasons for absolutely refusing to even consider the spinal cord stimulator? See if you can get him to open up as to his “no”. Try and understand his reasons and fears. Once you understand where he is coming from, you are in a better place to try and get him to give it a fair consideration and really think about it, as overall there is very little to lose with the trial.

This was way longer than I intended, and I hope something of it can be useful. You are such an incredible person to your dad. Its very rare that I see someone who cares as much as you do, and tries so hard to make their loved one feel better. I wish my own parents had 1/4 of the care and compassion you have.

I also hope that you feel a little better regarding his talk about street drugs. My shrink had to explain to my then-husband, when I’d let slip that I wanted to jump off a building or in front of a train, that “she is in agony and she feels trapped. She may say it, but that doesn’t mean she is going to do it; pain patients often think of a way to commit suicide as a means of survival; because she knows she has the option of ending it, she feels she is not forever trapped and therefore feels better and in more control.”

Of course, if someone starts saying alarming things about suicide or they say it more and more often, its time to really take notice. I just remember times when I had nobody to tell, and I just had to tell a human being, and unfortunately, my then-husband was the only one I could tell that “I wish I would just go to sleep and not wake up”. It tore his heart into a million pieces to hear that. But it was how I felt, I was in agony, and by telling him, it did bring me some relief.

Its a shitty situation for everyone. I just hope that you can find a solution for priority #1 – get him better pain management. Also, something to help him sleep as sleep deprivation from pain and stress causes more physical pain as the body is so exhausted it cannot do its nightly replenishing its meant to do when we are healthy.

I’ll wrap up my novel. If you want, I’d really like to hear how recent your dad’s surgery was, and if you can join him at a pain management appt, what meds he’s on, and whether increasing or changing his meds are an option.

A big hug to you – a very special person who loves their dad so much and cares so much.

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22nd Jun 2016


I downloaded the ebook, but you can also buy the real book version. It is great for overall core strength and body strength with many illustrations and detailed explanations. Its more of basic fundamentals to stay strong and healthy, so you may already know it all, but it has many exercises to choose from that can keep you busy for years.