A question I hear regularly...
Let me explain....
The gluteal muscles (glutes) are the group of muscles surrounding your bum and hip area.
They are made up of three muscles and all contribute to hip joint stability.
So what do we use our glutes for? (video included)
Do you wonder why I always start my Pilates classes off with neck mobility ?
Well let me tell you...
“A strong spine is a happy spine” - quote from Joseph Pilates, himself.
Pilates also stated that “a man is as young as his spinal column”.
Being able to twist and turn is an everyday demand that we put on our bodies.
Practicing how to do it correctly and conditioning the muscles that promote this movement makes for a happier and healthier you.! FREE VIDEO INCLUDED...
Muscle Focus: Abdominals and Hamstrings.
Aims: Spinal Articulation and to encourage awareness of lateral breathing.
I’ve always had problems with my hips. I was actually born with both my hips dislocated (the head of the femur is completely out of the socket) which is quite uncommon to have both.
From birth until I was around 6 months I had to wear a plastic brace over my nappy to keep my legs laterally rotated outwards.
My hips have always felt tight and particularly uncomfortable when I exercised - until I found Pilates !
My hips were fine rotating outwards and this is the position my hips spent most of their time, although I struggled with internal rotation.
Pain in the neck! (video included)
If you have experienced neck pain, you will know how disabling it can be.
We know that two thirds of us will experience neck pain at some point in our lives.
Did you know neck pain will affect women more than men, and is most common in middle age.
Signs and symptoms can include....
If you spend most of your day in front of your computer then you, like the millions of others may be suffering with poor posture caused by an excessively rounded upper back.
A rounder spine also has negative affects on your health.
Rounding your back puts pressure on the rib cage and organs.
Why is this a problem? (free video included)
Why do we do side lying exercises so much in our Pilates Classes.?
When lying on your side in Pilates, lifting your leg is fighting gravity, so in terms of "weight lifting", you're actually lifting the weight of your leg with your hip muscles.
These muscles are particularly weak, and often tight, on most individuals....and you'll know if that's you because you'll feel it working.!
It's really important to keep these muscles strong for stability and balance (they help you stand on one leg), and also for stability in your low back and spine.
Just as important as it is to strengthen those muscles, you want to stretch them too. A great stretch is sometimes called "figure 4".
This is an excellent stretch for sciatica.
Follow the link below to see this stretch...
Did you know that Yoga offers amazing physical and mental benefits, with a key focus on flexibility, stretching and strength...
FREE VIDEO INCLUDED...