Useful Props, Tools, & Resources

Here are some items that you might have seen featured in some of my videos.
Full disclosure: some of these are affiliate links, and I do get paid a small commission when items are purchased through some of these links.  However, I regularly recommend these tools to my patients and clients and totally believe in them.  It’s totally up to you where you purchase these items, but if you want to throw me a thanks for free content that you found useful, use these links when purchasing.

The Oov:
Balanced Body Pilates $179–If there’s an exercise tool to invest in…this is it!   Size does matter (small, medium, & large) depending on height/weight.  When in doubt, your weight is a more important indicator of which size will work best for you.

Foam Rollers:
Balanced Body Pilates $39–These rollers come in firm and in soft…I actually prefer the soft ones for most of the exercises I teach.  They are a great staple for a variety of exercises.

Half Foam Roller:
OPTP Half Foam Rollerabout $12.50-They are perfect for getting in that quick calf stretch while simultaneously working on ankle strengthening.

 

The Stick:
Balanced Body Pilates $30–This is my favorite way to get a self massage to the legs…and it’s portable!  This is a favorite with runners.

Posture Balls:
Balanced Body Pilates $19.95-27.95–When you really want to get a deep tissue mobilization, these foam balls really get in there.  The smaller one is definitely more intense.  These are great for travel.

Furniture Sliders: Reusable Furniture Movers for Heavy Furniture for Carpeted Surfaces (4 Pack) – Oval SuperSliders, 9-1/2″ x 5-3/4″

These are incredibly cheap, but fun and effective way to get a workout…and they don’t take up any space!  There are several exercises that you can do with these sliders that mimic some exercises on our reformers.

SaeArc:
Spine Stretching Equipment – Wooden Acu-Back (Black)SaeArcs are a simple concept, but can really make the spine feel great.  They have a variety of styles…my favorite is the Lumbar Acu-back.

Myotool:
MyoTool Massage Tool $49.95–It’s like having a PT in your closet.  This was invented by a manual physical therapist who wanted to give patients a way to create mobilization with movement.

Suspension Training:
TRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit + Door AnchorI am a big fan of body-weight exercise because of the potential for functional, multi-directional exercises.


Pilates Props
Fletcher Pilates® Towel$40 Pricey for a towel, but made to the specifications of Ron Fletcher for just the right hand grip and stretch.  Wonderful for helping to organize the shoulders. Yes…you can just use a regular towel, but I’m telling you…these towels are pretty sweet.

Ultra-Fit Circle $34–This ring is a surprisingly versatile tool for both working on stability, flexibility, and balance.

Rotator Disc, Medium, 12 in.–$43  Great for working on hip mobility/stability into rotation in standing and functional positions.  

Airex Balance Pad:  This is the gold standard for balance pads.  These are handy as a pad for kneeling exercises also.
Airex Balance Pad (Regular)

Resistance Bands:  TheraBand Professional Latex Resistance Bands For Rehabilitation, Portable Fitness and Workout, Home Exercise, 6 Yard Roll, Blue, Extra Heavy, Intermediate Level 2 Resistance bands are really handy as a portable form of resistance and feedback.

High Intensity, Low Impact Interval Training–>12-15 min/week. Xiser
I love this product for Pilates studios as a way to integrate high intensity intervals in a way that also focuses on form & posture.

Kinesiotape/Rock Tape: Kinesio® Tex GoldTM Tape TWO Rolls 2″ x 16.4′ Beige

McConnell Taping:
BSN Medical Leukotape P Sports Tape, 1 1/2 Inch x 15 Yard
Leukotape P 1.5″x15yds & Cover-roll Stretch 2″x10yds Combo Pack (one roll each)

Books I Recommend

The PMA Pilates Certification Exam Study Guide (2014) Paperback

Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology: Revised Edition for the 21st Century

Anatomy of Movement (Revised Edition)

Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, 3e

Muscles and Meridians: The Manipulation of Shape, 1e

The Pelvic Girdle: An integration of clinical expertise and research, 4e

Explain Pain by David Butler