A very Happy Valentines to You all! Valentines Day has become so over-commercialised – we prefer a home-made version. So much more meaningful this way. How will you mark the day with your loved ones?
am really feeling the love today, so I would like to express my
heart-felt gratitude to all our Mums and Babies this week: who have
worked really hard . Well done to all the Mums- awesome work with your
babies, and great Pilates!
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working our way through key points in the body, and how these are worked on through Pilates. So onto the Powerhouse this week. The term Powerhouse was coined by Joseph Pilates himself, and has now come to mean the lumbo-pelvic hip complex and is part of the stabilisation system. Core strength is a term most people are familiar with these days; a term which often gets used interchangeably with the Powerhouse, but they are not exactly the same. Let’s explore the differences and what powerhouse means in Pilates.
The powerhouse area of your body goes from the bottom of your ribs all the way to your hip line. It includes the abdominal muscles, low back muscles, pelvic floor, muscles around the hips, and the glutes.
muscles work together to form a supportive corset for your trunk. They
stabilise, but they also create the big movements we make. And they give
those movements their dynamic strength. Joseph Pilates emphasised this
area of the body in the program of training he designed. All Pilates
move start in the powerhouse.
The core muscles are part of the powerhouse set, and using your core is part of using your powerhouse. The core muscles are the deep stabilisers like the pelvic floor, the psoas, and the transversus abdominis, among others.
the core muscles are not the big movers like the rectus abdominis or
glutes, that we add to the group when we talk about the powerhouse.
The gluteus maximus is used in powerful movement that require hip
extension (jumping, stair climbing) It is helpful to see the core
muscles as a sub-set of the Powerhouse, and to remember that all
movements in Pilates begin in the powerhouse. More in class, and ask me
any questions if you are still struggling with these concepts.
I’m off to enjoy some of these heart-shaped biccies. I’ll leave you with a reminder to please to book your space for this month’s Trigger Point Pilates workshop, coming up on 23rd February. Click here to book! 2 spaces left!
And please also be reminded that we are putting the finishing touches on new re-branding and launch, and warming up for a great launch week, the week commencing Monday 25 March.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.