In this workshop, students will learn that hip joints not only serve as base joints for the attachment of the lower extremities, but they are also basilar joints for the pelvis which is the foundation of the spine. A well balanced hip-joint hosts a neutral pelvis which is a vital structure for a healthy spine.
We will discuss: overdeveloped gluteus, hip-flexors, and hamstrings, and the effects on the spine. Students will also learn the proper muscle activation for the “wrap,” and why the cue to “squeeze the butt” does not allow freedom of the pelvis which is very important in many of the Pilates exercises.
During the second part of the workshop, participants will learn the importance of mobility of the scapula, as well as exercises that help stretch and strengthen muscles in the shoulder complex. The cue “shoulders down,” creates too much simplicity of the complex workings of the shoulder joint. One will learn how to look at this structure as a three dimensional object. Students will discover that when creating a balanced muscle structure in the joint, especially in exercises with point of contact in the hands, will facilitate the connection of your “powerhouse.”