Movement is dynamic, and while we need to be stable, we are not looking to overly grip on any joints, but for a balanced muscle activation. So we do look for in many Pilates exercises, is a full extension the knees – an active drawing upward of the kneecap toward the hip bone.
Though there are far more than 9 things to focus on from a Pilates standpoint, I’ve done a breakdown of essential elements that I recommend for your improving your golf game. These exercises are also excellent application for any sport that relies on the power of rotation.
One of the best exercises you can learn to help get out of a hunched or kyphotic posture, is the Pilates Fundamental referred to as “Flight.” Flight is considered a fundamental because it’s the base move for a number of Pilates exercises, and as with all foundational exercises, like with ribcage arms or the Pilates breath, understanding how to do it well is key.
In the Pilates world, we love the word “neutral.” Neutral is like the ideal zero point from which we should start our efficient movement. So, when training our clients to achieve their best form, we educate them on the concepts of a neutral spine and neutral pelvis. The ribcage is a major element in the torso that attaches to the spine, and it too, has an ideal neutral placement.
Yes, I’m planning on talking about buns, just not the ones you’ll find at the dinner table. Certainly it is desirable both for aesthetic and functional reasons to have strength and tone in this area, however when a muscle gets into overuse and dysfunction it can create a cascade of issues.
While we don’t have the lucky benefit of fourteen vertebrae in our neck, a little focus on where we look especially during spinal exercises can make a critical difference in the quality of movement. Here are some quick Pilates Tutoring Tips on keeping your head and neck in the game for a successful Pilates practice and healthy exercise movement.