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In 1920s, Joseph Pilates came up with a form of exercise that would soon take the fitness world by storm. Pilates is a low-impact exercise. This amazing regime will improve your balance, flexibility, strengthen your core and tone your muscles. There’s good reason  more than 10 million people engage in this popular exercise. In this, the first in a series of weekly posts, Tanya Thompson, founder of Pilates Unlimited and Of-Course Online, demonstrates how to do the Pelvic Curl exercise at home.

Why is Pilates so popular?

Pilates offers  a range of health benefits which make it an ideal anti-aging exercise. These include:

  • Improved brain function
  • A stronger core
  • Relief from back pain
  • An improved posture
  • Better sleep patterns
  • Effective weight management
  • Better breathing

Now with that said, you may be looking to start doing Pilates, but unsure of where to start? If that’s the case, then worry not as we have the perfect exercise to get you on your Pilates journey. Tanya Thompson has been teaching Pilates for over two decades and will be sharing her favorite exercises with us each week.

How To Do The Pelvic Curl

Take a mind-body journey with Pilates. I would like to invite you to discover the movement differently. Take this time to be still, feel, and embrace what your body has to offer you. This week we will be looking at one of the first exercises that you learn in Pilates, the Pelvic Curl. The focus of this exercise is to mobilize and warm up your spine as well as tone the back of your legs and glutes. When you try this exercise, really focus on keeping your shoulders and neck completely relaxed. Put all your energy and focus on your spine and hips while feeling a great stretch over the front of your thighs and hips.

Feel your spine connect to the floor as it articulates one vertebra at a time. You can repeat this movement 8 – 15 times to enhance your mind-body connection and to allow your body to engage the right muscles at the right time as you move. This is but one of the exercises that you are about to learn. As we embark on this Pilates journey, we will introduce you to both Pilates Mat and Pilates Equipment repertoire. Enjoy!

Read more about Pilates

If you have wondered about Pilates and never tried it, today is a perfect day to read more about the amazing longevity benefits you will get from this exercise. Read more here.


Tanya Thompson

Tanya Thompson is the owner and founder of Pilates Unlimited. Tanya has been in the wellness industry since 1998. Her company has over 180 000 hours of experience in movement and rehabilitation. Pilates Unlimited has helped thousands of people achieve a holistic approach to health. Pilates Unlimited is blessed with clients that have been with them from the first day that they opened their doors. They are committed to offering a warm and inviting environment for all their clients in their beautiful studio. Tanya has also developed and presented specialized courses to assist health care professionals, Pilates instructors and personal trainers improve their patients or clients results through movement and exercise. Her company has launched a new product called, which is focused on post education for all movement professionals across the globe. Of-CourseOnline currently has members in South Africa, USA, UK, UAE, India, China, Australia, Namibia, Botswana, Switzerland and Belgium.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.