Tuesday, June 02, 2009
In Pilates, there are two positions for the pelvis to be in when performing the exercises. They are Neutral and Imprint. Neutral Pelvis is the ideal placement for your pelvis to be in when performing the majority of all pilates exercises.
Why Neutral Pelvis Placement?
Neutral Pelvic Placement has been found to be the most stable and shock-absorbing posture we can put our pelvis and lumbar spine into. It is the ideal position for us to be in, not only in pilates class but also in our daily life.
When the pelvis is in neutral position your thumbs and finger tips will be roughly parallel with one another. This means that the top of your pelvis (the ASIS) and pubic bone (symphysis pubis) are in the same plane and parallel to the floor. As a result you will notice that there is a corresponding small space in your lumbar curve, and the tail bone (or sacrum) is resting on the mat.
As an instructor, I can tell you that students of all fitness levels are surprised to find this a difficult position to achieve when first learning the pilates method of exercise. Many of us find that is position takes a great deal of concentration and control, flexibility and strength to achieve. Lack of strength and postural dysfunction issues can make this a difficult position to start in no matter what the level of fitness of a student, but over time and with dedicated practice it is achievable!
In the next post, I'll discuss the difference between neutral and imprint and offer exercises you can practice to learn the difference between the two to begin expanding your knowledge and expertise in pilates.
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