In order to achieve good alignment and correct movement mechanics, the body must be equipped to do so. Certain muscles play a crucial role in providing a stable and flexible core. These are the deep muscles of the pelvis and trunk. The superficial muscles are sometimes overdeveloped and overused in relation to deep muscles which means our core muscles are not working at their full potential. We must differentiate between the two groups because it’s the deeper muscles that provide the support to stand upright and the flexibility to bend.

Think about the abdominals and the back muscles, together with the diaphragm and pelvic floor, creating a cylinder of muscular support in the centre of the body – The Core – also referred to by Joseph Pilates as the Powerhouse. With a strong, powerful and functional core it means we also find balance and stability. I can’t think of any physical activity that doesn’t require one of those factors…

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