🧐When Joseph Pilates was working on developing Pilates as a system of physical fitness, he also termed it ‘Contrology’. Can you think of a reason why? 👉🏼He believed that whoever is practicing Pilates should be in constant control of each and every movement. What’s the benefit? Experts say that it results in enhanced muscular control of the back, limbs and abdominal muscles.
Read more at http://www.magforwomen.com/top-10-interesting-facts-about-pilates/#2dwC4T7LF6sJvJ8l
I’ve been mat #pilates
certified since 2010 and keep up on my continuing education.
has helped me with maintaining a healthy back, tightened up loose skin from weight loss, increased flexibility, and abdominal strength— especially my natural waist trainer muscle—the transverse abdominals which gives you that 6 pack look and helps with delivering babies
Monday and Wednesday at 6pm
Saturday 9am we practice #pilates
🧚♀️Deep Core Activation & Benefits🧚♀️
💫 Whether you are working towards handstands, healing back pains, or anything in between the transverses abdominis (TVA) is vip to your goals.
💫What is it? •••The TVA is the deepest abdominal muscle “the corset muscle.” It’s main function is to stabilize the pelvis and lower back prior to movement of the body. It guards spinal joints, ligaments, discs, & nerves. It also helps with breathing by assisting with exhales and compression of organs.
•••New mamas (pre and post baby)
•••Anyone with lower back pain/issues
•••Anyone working on being stronger & more stable in daily life or in athletic endeavors (sports, workouts, etc.)
•••Anyone who wants to stand in their own power and feel strong, tall, confident, badass
💫How to activate TVA:
•••Tuck hips under (scoop tailbone down and foward) & lift pelvic floor (think of the squeeze and hold when you really have to potty)
•••Then pull belly button to spine and lift it up. Try to tuck naval up under the rib cage (think of a zipper going up or a corset becoming tighter). Hold. Breathe. Tighten more. Repeat. •••Helps to practice in front of a mirror and to take forceful exhales (squeeze and hold when you breathe out)
💫Exercises to strengthen TVA:
•••Plank, overhead squeeze (pictured), stability ball planks, knee tucks, pikes (pictured), bridge (tuck hips 1st then lift them off the floor)
•••This deep muscle is not the surface “abs” that create that six pack look. This muscle is under that top layer & is crucial for all movement, spine health, organ health , optimal mobility and function.
💫Practice engaging while you sit at your desk, or in your car, in the shower, while you make breakfast, everytime you think about it. Eventually it will become second nature in all you do, improving your quality of life. 💕