When I first trained as a Pilates teacher 8 years ago the term ‘core’ was powermount to my cues and instructions as a teacher. I was taught that the core consisted of the transverse abdominals, the multifidus, the pelvic floor muscles and diaphragm and could be thought of a cylinder. That made total sense.
Pilates was “movement flowing out from a strong center.” For most of us, the simple image of engaging your centre or core to empower the rest of your body makes sense.
If your core is rock solid, the limbs can move freely without risk of injury. The seat of power for your whole body is contained in that one crazy word—the “powerhouse”.
The breathing out on the effort is important in any Pilates move and is something I have always taught. That contracting on this effort is what gives us a strong core.
Through continuing study, progressing knowledge and scientific developments, some movement therapy practitioners may believe that this aggressive approach may not be a functional option.
The pelvic floor naturally responds to breath. When we breath in the diaghragm lowers and so does the pelvic floor as we breath out the diaghragm rises and so does the pelvic floor.
A little less cuing on contraction of pelvic floor and abdominals and a little more emphasis on breathing and the organsisation of the spine, ribs, pelvis and we may see a much healthier pelvic floor and diaphram.
Having a ‘rock solid core’ creates tension in the absolute centre of our bodies. If we are so tense can our bodies move functionally?
A gentle and the right toning of our abdominals allows enough support of the pelvic girdle, ribs shoulder girdle and limbs to move functionally.
Just some food for thought or some ideas to digest…