Pilates Books Youngstown OH

See below for Pilates bookstores in Youngstown that give access to Pilates books and Pilates videos on topics such as Pilates exercises, the Pilates method, specific Pilates equipment, Pilates during pregnancy, Pilates techniques, detailed breathing instruction, and information on Pilates classes, as well as advice and content on Pilates mat exercises.

Barnes & Noble
(330) 629-9436
381 Boardman-Poland Rd
Youngstown, OH
Complimentary Wi-Fi, Toys & Games, B&N@School
Sun 11:00AM-8:00PM
Mon-Thu 9:00AM-9:00PM
Fri-Sat 9:00AM-10:00PM

(724) 342-5311
3341 E State Street
Hermitage, PA
Monday - Saturday10:00 am to 09:00 pm
Sunday12:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Hubbard Snap Fitness
(330) 534-0101
123 East Liberty Street
Hubbard, OH
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Atlas Books Distribution
(800) 247-6553
30 Amberwood Parkway
Ashland, OH

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Lewis Info Sys, Inc.
(513) 339-0082
4412 English Oak Ct.
Mason, OH

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(330) 544-1761
2102 Niles-Cortland Rd. SE
Niles, OH
Monday - Friday10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday09:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday10:00 am to 08:00 pm

Paperback Shack
(330) 544-5937
6058 Youngstown Warren Rd
Niles, OH

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Core Dynamics Pilates Plus
(330) 609-5360
8028 E Market St
Warren, OH
Blue Rock Station
(740) 674-4300
1190 Virginia Ridge
Philo, OH

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Barnes & Noble
(419) 747-7748
North Lexington-Springmill, 832 N. Lexington Springmill
Mansfield, OH
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Sun 10:00AM-8:00PM
Mon-Thu 10:00AM-9:00PM
Fri-Sat 10:00AM-10:00PM

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The Pilates Bookshelf: The Anatomy of Pilates

By Nicole Rogers

It’s surprising that there are so few books out there that directly address the anatomy of Pilates, considering the Pilates world’s enthusiasm for studying anatomy, and considering there are plenty of books out there about the anatomy of yoga. But if you’ve been wishing for a Pilates-specific anatomy text, you’re finally in luck. 

Paul Massey’s The Anatomy of Pilates , released earlier this year by North Atlantic Books, covers the basic anatomy of the classical mat series. It is a great introduction to Pilates-specific anatomy, and it is definitely intended for Pilates professionals. The book is filled with excellent illustrations that clearly show the key muscles and how they function in each exercise. The first two chapters provide an introduction to Pilates, and a guide to posture and movement assessment. Then the book provides a description of each exercise: the movement, the breathing, the possible “pitfalls,” and of course the specific muscles that are used. 

The book is a straightforward text that deals mostly with musculature.


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The Pilates Bookshelf: The Body Has a Mind of Its Own

By Madeline Black
In order to work in a deeper, more expanded way with her clients, Pilates instructor Madeline Black has searched out new ideas and methodologies during her career. This is the third in her series of reviews in which she shares some of the books and resources that have deepened her knowledge and self-practice and have enhanced her teaching beyond Pilates.

The Body Has a Mind of Its Own (Random House, 2007) by Sandra Blakeslee and Matthew Blakeslee is a fascinating and educational book about how we process our experiences through our body. The mother-son science writing team explores the brain’s “body map” and its role in our ability to feel, move, perceive and learn motor skills, as well as how it relates to phenomenons such as phantom limbs, stroke recovery and out-of-body experiences.

The authors explain how the brain works in a way that is scientific yet understandable and entertaining. My favorite part is how they describe the history of the concept of body maps and their importance to the body’s way of learning to move in space and experience the outside world. Read on to see how body maps relate to our work as Pilates instructors.

According to the authors, our peri-personal space changes size in relation to what we are doing. For example, when we are lying on the Trapeze Table performing a movement, our body map goes beyond our physical body to include the bar, springs and table. Beginner Pilates students don’t have the body schema of the trapeze table mapped in their brain yet. They will not be moving with flow and grace with the apparatus but handling the bars and springs awkwardly until repetition develops the schema in their brain. When one is working on the mat, the space shrinks to the area of the mat.

Since the size of the peripersonal space changes, it is important to be aware of the changing boundary the client is creating around himself or herself. When we are cueing or adjusting their body, we are part of that space, inside their boundary. At the same time, the client is part of your peri-personal space, inside your boundary. The boundary is a negotiated boundary between us because we have an agreement with the client based on trust to enter their peri-personal space. Awareness of the negotiated boundary is important to the client-teacher relationship because we want the client to respond favorably to an adjustment.

The client’s body schema develops over time with more practice. I have witnessed clients self-adjust their bodies by a mere non-verbal suggestion when I walk near them to place my hands in a position on their body that I have done many times. It is remarkable how the body schema changes to the place of almost unconscious consciousness of movements. In the book, the authors refer to the power of visualizing an activity prior to performing in order to excel in a high-performance sport or dance.

The book is full of information regarding many in...

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The Pilates Bookshelf: Waking the Tiger

A book recommendation from Madeline Black  

A Pilates teacher today is presented with clients with issues beyond the physical. They may have problems that are emotional, energetic or spiritual in nature. The physical part is easier for us to understand because that is what we are trained to see and intellectually problem-solve. Sometimes, however, the effort we put into planning and working with a client doesn’t advance the client as well as we’d like it to.

In order to work in a deeper, more expanded way with my clients, I’ve searched out new methodologies and philosophies over the years. I’ve also studied myself to find more clarity, balance and openness. (A teacher once told me not to treat someone who is healthier than you are.) I’ve spent years learning and receiving IMT (Integrative Manual Therapy), other manual therapies, energy work and meditation practices, and I’ve done lots of reading. Through these explorations, I’ve developed tools to share or reference for my clients. And sometimes, I simply observe and better understand their complexity without making any comments or judgments to them. A Pilates teacher’s scope of practice is to refer a client, when appropriate, to their practitioner of choice such as a doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist. I may also recommend a book.

In the coming months, I will be sharing some of the books and resources that have deepened my knowledge and self-practice and have enhanced my teaching beyond Pilates.

This month, I recommend a book about dealing with trauma: Waking the Tiger by Peter A. Levine, PhD, with Ann Frederick (North Atlantic Books, 1997). Dr. Levine is well known for his research about how animals in the wild deal with stress and trauma. His discoveries have led him to successfully treat people to release trauma in the body.

Dr. Levine found that a traumatic experience can push the nervous system into a frozen state of memory. This means is that someone who has experienced trauma will respond in a reactive way to stimuli. This response is different for each person depending on the severity of the trauma and how the person processed the event (if at all). It can manifest itself in a variety of ways, including a constant contraction of certain muscles or no feeling at all, like amnesia of the body.

I’ve seen clients in my practice who have experienced traumas, such as car accidents, a traumatic fall as a child, or as a witness to a traumatic event. I began to recognize a “holding” in a client’s body that wouldn’t change through movement, or I would see no movement in specific areas of the body. Chronic pain in the spine or joints or headaches can also be signs of a charge being held from a trauma.

Waking the Tiger gives scientific explanation (the intellectual), exercises for feeling the frozen memory in the body (the physical), and processes for releasing it (the emotional and energetic). I recommended the book to a client ...

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