Over the last three weeks, we’ve looked at the application of the basic principles of Pilates to good moment of the spine. My aim has been to demonstrate that the Pilates ‘basics’ can be used to build and support good movement of which flexion, extension and rotation are fundamental.
If we can work to incorporate these basic movement patterns in our day to day life, the body gradually frees from restriction and the spine can move freely and fully supported.
During these next 3 weeks I shall be moving on to demonstrate some of the classical Pilates exercises, which also use flexion, extension, and rotation.
I hope that having seen these movements in their basic form, you will be able to see where the life long journey of Pilates can take you, when the same principles are involved.
Both exercises, ’Spine Curls’ and Roll Ups’ utilise those same principles of alignment ie. a neutral pelvis, abdominal support and thoracic breathing and during the movement phase, it is the powerhouse, opposition, and length which form the focus.
So this week we return to Flexion…
Both exercises, ’Spine Curls’ and Roll Ups’ utilise those same principles of alignment i.e. a neutral pelvis, abdominal support and thoracic breathing and during the movement phase it is the powerhouse, opposition and length which form the focus.
With these more advanced exercises the centre or ‘powerhouse’ has to work harder to maintain good alignment. This is due to the more challenging and co-ordinated patterns of movement.
When beginning a more advanced exercise, it is important that the movement is small, so as not
to compromise the powerhouse. As the powerhouse becomes stronger, so the movement can increase.
In this way the body builds in balance literally from the inside out. Enjoy!!
As always with Pilates, do speak with your qualified Pilates Instructor first about changing or adding to your routine, to ensure the movements are appropriate to your individual, unique and beautiful body.
KSJ X Asquith