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Very basic - expected more,
This review is from: The Anatomy of Pilates (Paperback)
I am a Pilates instructor and thought that this book that was written by a renowned Physio - which Massey is; would be bursting at the seams with fantastic information about what muscles are doing in each individual exercise.
Although there were good explanations in the first 3 chapters of what muscles do - and some good background Pilates education when it comes to chapter 4 this all falls apart.
There are diagrams of the 'classical exercises' which are now considered to be Intermediate/Advanced level moves - which is limited in itself as you do not get the lower level alternatives to study - these diagrams have arrows to the muscles being used - but no break down of whether they are agonist/antagonist/synergist/fixator etc - this means that it is not suitable for a quick reference and you have to then flick about and try to work it all out yourself - not what I expected and very disappointing.
I would recommend 'Anatomy of Movement' by Blandine Calais-Germain,
'Relax your Neck and Liberate you Shoulders' and 'Pelvic Power' both by Eric Franklin and the 'New Rules of Posture' by Mary Bond for any serious Pilates Instructor as you learn much more about how bodies work and how to make them work PROPERLY.
When you are teaching Pilates you cannot presume that peoples bodies will do exactly as you want them too - this is when poor recruitment patterns occur - it is by having lots of visual tools, instructions and ideas and a great understanding of desired muscle action that you will achieve the desired results.