Pilates is a widely accepted and utilized method for promoting health and proper movement patterns through the development of balanced muscles, joint alignment, and core control. However, when the principles of functional anatomy - anatomy based on how humans are designed to stabilize and move - are not considered during exercise application, the result can be muscle imbalances, chronic tightness, and even pain. Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core reveals the missing connection between functional anatomy of the core and its application during fundamental core exercises in Pilates.
By integrating the six fundamental principles of the Pilates method with a descriptive application of functional core anatomy, the authors illustrate clearly how to: * achieve the alignment, breathing, and control required for developing optimal posture and movement; * suppress non-optimal habits that relate to common postural dysfunction, muscle imbalances, and chronic tightness; * incorporate optimal alignment, breathing, and control into the fundamental Pilates principles in order to develop a more stable core and eliminate the risks of common injuries while accomplishing one's health and fitness goals.
Dr. Evan Osar is an internationally recognized lecturer, author, and expert on assessment, corrective exercise, and movement. He is the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist(TM) certification, the industry's first assessment, corrective, and progressive exercise strategy designed to specifically help the health and fitness professional address postural and movement dysfunction in their general population clientele. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book Corrective Exercise Solutions to Common Hip and Shoulder Dysfunction and has created several DVDs covering functional core training, including Corrective Exercise Strategies for Developing Core Stability and Spinal Health and Corrective Exercise Strategies for Developing Athletic Performance and Spinal Health. Dr. Osar established Fitness Education Seminars(TM), an on-line education resource covering assessment, corrective exercise, and functional exercise progressions. For more information visit www.fitnesseducationseminars.com.
Introduction to the Pilates Principles; The Functional Core: The Role of the Thoracopelvic Canister; Developing Core Stability; Dysfunction of the Core; Responses to Non-optimal Core Stabilization Strategies; Integrating the Pilates Principles