To understand this concept, let’s define the body’s center of gravity known as the powerhouse. As most know, the Pilates Method focuses on engaging the core when performing the movements. But, what parts of the body encompass the core? I have observed that most individuals think of the abdominals as the core of the body. But, is the core the only area of the body comprising the powerhouse? Yes, the Pilates Method does work the abdominals, but each movement is a full body exercise that should be driven and supported by the entire powerhouse/core.
If the powerhouse is the foundation of the body, why disengage any part of this area? One of the many amazing mentors I have recently had the pleasure of working with recently explained it this way—throughout a session, from footwork to placing the long box on for pulling straps, work from the powerhouse. The flow of each session should include engagement of all areas of the powerhouse for optimal benefits. In doing so, you will achieve total connection of mind and body.
Now, let’s focus on one part of the powerhouse often neglected—the glutes.
Do you notice instability in the way people walk and hold themselves? Do you hear people complaining of lower back or hip pain? In some cases, there are legitimate reasons for these issues. But, in my experience as a Pilates instructor many of these issues are associated with an individual’s inability to stay fully connected to all parts of the powerhouse—especially the glutes. As we stand, walk or run the driving forces should be the glutes. Are you turning on your glutes in these positions? If not, your body is not optimally stabilized which can lead to painful issues.
I challenge you to bring the glutes back into your practice and see where it takes you.
It changed my life and I know it can change your life too!!!
For more tips to help improve your Pilates Practice I invite you to attend:
Pilates Fining Tuning Workshop
June 28 (2pm-6pm)