Biomechanics provides a universal principle of human movement. When the head, neck and back are in proper alignment or in “neutral” the spine and the rest of the body is in it’s strongest position. Learning how to move with this position unlocks the centre of power of the body. Movement then has efficiency and grace while maintaining minimal muscular tension.
When we move or exercise improperly destructive side effects result, such as tendonitis, shoulder, knee, back and neck problems. Once we improve our mechanics and the use of the body – movement becomes constructive and healthy.
Pilates and other body work techniques, such as the Alexander, Mitzvah, Bowen Techniques and structural integration, provide the opportunity for those who are motivated to change how they ‘use’ the body, focusing on the cause of the problems. These techniques teach us to recognize or become aware of our destructive habits and movements.
Awareness of how we move is often not enough. Improvements in flexibility, releasing tight and restricted muscles and connective tissue, as well as, strengthening of weak, under-used muscles is also required to change movement patterns and maintain neutral spine and optimal mechanics.
Pilates training following universal biomechanical principles re-educates the body resulting in lasting positive change. We gain new physical control allowing us to function with ease at the peak of our ability.