Stabilize then Elongate or Elongate then Stabilize?

Valya Karcher

I always stabilize my spine and then elongate, so what’s up with this blog? Well, Pilates exercises have a natural flow and cadence. The movement is always evolving as the core gets stronger and can support greater ranges and challenges. Stabilization of the spine is at the core of every exercise (pardon my pun!).

The spine is stabilized to prevent risk of injury and to place it in the best possible posture: the posture that you carry out of the studio and into your life. Once you have that piece in place you can begin to create your movement.

The Pilates body is long and lean, balanced and aligned. It’s the movement that creates the “long and lean” or elongation part of the equation, and stabilization that creates the “balanced and aligned” part. They work together only if we are aware of their partnership and foster their co-creation. Simply put, as you move you adjust.

Throughout your Pilates workout you are continually tuning into your body and fine tuning your alignment. It is this continual rediscovery of stabilization and elongation that makes the Pilates workout dynamic!

Keep breathing,
Valya

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