So you think you’ve heard it all before
So you think you know everything about Pilates/core stability
- Well, did you know that anyone can call themselves a Pilates instructor? As Pilates isn’t a trademark name.
- Did you know that the principles of Pilates can be performed with any exercises- in a pool, while doing weights, on a ball, on specialised equipment?
- Did you know that physiotherapists train for 3 years-learning about the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons in the body, injury management and prevention.
- Did you know that you could be an elite athlete and still not have sufficient core stability.
- Did you know that Pilates can assist in pain during pregnancy?
- Did you know that some neurological disorders benefit from pilates too?
No? Didn’t think so.
Read this to find out more.
The principle of Pilates is a central core of stability this involves your pelvic floor muscles (yes boys you do have them too!) a deep tummy muscle, and a muscle in your back that controls the movement of your spine. When these three muscles are working in harmony together then they act as a natural corset for your body.
When the core muscles are working together our whole body functions better.
Long distance runners have better endurance, gymnasts and dancers have better control in their jumps and turns, builders and carpenters can prevent back pain, or reduce problems already developed.
It’s possible to be a strong athlete but not have good core stability control. Why? Because you need the correct strength of your stabilizers for the activity you do.
Pilates can prevent lumbar and sacral pain during pregnancy and enhance a quicker recovery post vaginal delivery or caesarean.
You need the correct level of core strength for the activities you do on a regular basis.
Many neurological disorders need a strong core/trunk control to be able to move with efficient, quality movement, without a central foundation lower limb and upper limb function is compromised and balance control is reduced.
That’s why you should always check the qualification of your instructors and look for a school that offers specialised and varied classes. So you can pick one that suits your lifestyle and activity level.