Mat Workout -
In today's class, Amy incorporates the OPTP Stretch Out Strap for enhancing the muscular connection for certain exercises. The strap delivers the benefits of PNF stretching without having a partner.....the strap is your partner instead. You will find that it can aid in support and positioning, challenge your proprioceptive awareness and offer variety and feedback that you may not be used to. This class may be a good warm-up before a run, hike or golf game and would fit nicely after a standing shoulder girdle class. Enjoy!
Amy - I wasn't sure what you meant by 1/1 or 1/2 or 2/2 - i think it's something with the width of where the strap should be right? Referenced in 100, and rollover, etc. My strap just has a buckle so if i pull the buckle it makes the loop smaller or bigger. I hope this isn't a dopey question - my Pilates training never touched on the strap ever yet this prop is consistently in every mind/body studio i'm in so I wanted to figure out how to use it correctly. Is this traditionally more of a yoga prop? Thanks Amy - love your classes!
2 years ago
Hi Maria, the green strap I was using was the Stretch Out Strap made by OPTP. When I was referring to 1/1 or 1/2, 2/2 etc....yes, it was in regards to the numbers of loops we were putting our hands in away from the center of the strap. This green strap isn't classical in nature, but my program, Pilates Conservatory, does use the green strap quite a bit. It's superb in teaching shoulder mechanics! Many Pilates studios and programs are now utilizing the strapwork for this reason. A belt or towel could also be used, but the green strap has many more options for length choices etc. I hope this helps clarify a little bit.
2 years ago
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