The core of any fruit, is the seed, naturally deep inside.
Where do we find our seed?
Pilates strengthens the deep core muscles that you strengthened before you walked. Natural core training began soon after we were born: it is a natural part of our evolution.
Most of us spend 6 months doing aggressive core training before taking our first step. We practice moving our spine and hips; we rolled, curled, extended, twisted and sent our arms and legs in all directions. Then, when our bodies mastered this, and our brain understood that we were ready for the next level, we pushed up on our elbows, on all fours, crawled, stood, fell, stood again and then finally took steps. All of these movements built and developed the support that our structure needed for movement. We found our core.
Now that we are older, over years, we have developed habits, sitting in chairs, doing our work and developing postures that our muscles had to adapt to. Often our structure responds in pain when it is not supported during our movements.
Let’s forget everything we’ve heard about core training.
“The biggest mistake is thinking that multiple sets and reps or the isolation of a certain muscle group are needed”.1
Core training is preparing for movement. It is about stability not production of movement. Our extremities do that. Our legs and arms are built to generate force. ‘Stability is the ability to control the movement’.
Joseph Pilates called his exercises ‘Contrology’. He knew gaining control of our movements was more important than one single strength. We now call it ‘Pilates’. We incorporate current science on breath and stamina and our nervous system with his same exercises for functional results to control the movement. When our limbs move with a supported spine then we have successfully stabilized with the core…we have controlled the movement.
Rehabilitation Pilates at Rebalance Sports Medicine uses these therapeutic principles to train your deep supportive muscles that steer you away from pain. Sarah Wallace is a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and incorporates the 9 basic Pilates principles in every exercise so the good habits are repeated and the Pilates movements work to strengthen your inner core.
Clients have a resounding response: “Thank you for all your help. I wouldn’t be this capable without you.” This client, like many, have become sustainably pain-free.
Come in and find your core!
Contact us today to book your Rehabilitation Pilates or Fitness Pilates session.
Written by: Sarah Wallace – Certified Pilates Instructor
- Athletic Body in Balance. Optimal movement skills and conditioning for performance, Gray Cook, 2003, page 63.