-When we move, the muscles are activated in a certain order/pattern. If this pattern is faulty, we can often still perform the movement but it is likely to place undue stress on the body.
-The spine is a key structure within the body as it needs mobility to enable trunk movement but it also provides a solid platform to support movement of the limbs.
-The pelvis & lower spine (pelvic-lumbar region) is of interest in Pilates as it contains the powerhouse, the core from which all movement stems. Both men & woman need to actively work the pelvic floor especially the coccygeus (muscle of the pelvic floor) as it influences the positioning of the sacrum (triangular bone at the bottom of the spine) & may help relieve or prevent low back pain.
– Research suggests the pelvic floor contributes to strength, stabilisation & support of the core with its primary role to enhance intra-abdominal pressure.
– Intra-abdominal pressure is thought to unweight the spine & plays a pivotal role in pelvic-lumbar stabilisation. If the joints surrounding the pelvis become immobile excess strain is placed upon the pelvis & spine.
-The pelvis can therefore become misaligned creating dysfunction through the entire kinetic chain resulting in muscular imbalances. Pilates allows us to identify & re-educate the neuromuscular system in order to combat these imbalances.
– Correct pelvic alignment is VITAL whether you are performing daily activities, sat at a desk, on a bike or doing Pilates as if the PELVIS is out of alignment the BODY is out of alignment!