Active Pilates’ tip 2 – core and body alignment

The second core principal of Polestar Pilates combines two crucial elements - Axial elongation (optimal body alignment) and Core Control (centering). 

Axial elongation is an ideal position for segmental movement of your spine – essentially it’s all about stretching (lengthening) your spine from top of the head to the tailbone. It can also prevent your body from possible strains and injuries. It enables your body to be in a perfect position where you can gain freedom and efficiency of movement. It’s possible to have a good posture only when you have your body and it’s movements under control.

Incorrect body structure could be result of:

Genetic disposition – scoliosis, skeletal abnormalities, shorter leg

Bad habit – sluggish posture, sport activity, repetitive movement

A spine provides stability to the general structure of the whole body. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep it in a proper alignment. The best position of the spine is ‘neutral position.’ This is the strongest position that allows you to make safe movements due to equal distribution of force through the entire body. Gentle resistance exercise such as Pilates (balanced muscular development with skeletal alignment) can work on developing the muscles that fully support this position and so stimulate a decompressed, strong and flexible spine. Many people think that Pilates and yoga are the same exercises.  However, we don’t hold positions in Pilates and we’re moving with the flow from one position to the other.  

Each position has beginning and end that is accompanied with control and precision This kind of movement is more like dance and it brings flexibility to our joints and muscles while we’re educating our body to elongate with a rhythm.

Daily Practice – Two Pilates Core Principles:

Start moving with control. Think of the axial elongation and core control in your garden, while you’re blow drying your hair, cooking a dinner or driving a car, and you’ll be surprised how much more strength, and buoyance comes back to your body.

Remember: consistent breathing is essential to effective movement. Focused breath can maximize your body ability to stretch, and so you can release all accumulated stress and tension. Deeply inhale through the nose and exhale (fully) through your mouth. 

Next week, we’ll introduce another Pilates principle of movement – spine articulation.

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