How does the Pilates Process™ approach differ from traditional Pilates methods?

There are two key defining elements to our training: adaptability to evolving research and an emphasis on 'how' to teach rather than just 'what' to teach. Core stability research can be incorporated to some degree in all training, even the most basic mat courses. It affects how we cue, program and adapt. We teach instructors the reasons behind the method so that they can make educated teaching decisions and logical choices rather than simply repeating information. There are numerous ways to communicate information and we want our instructors to observe and adapt to how the clients learn. Assisted practice on non-Pilates students is a key element of our training.

What is core stability?

Core stability, often referred to as core strength, refers to the activation of the deeper muscles in the body that control posture and alignment. Generally, these core stabilizing muscles are responsible for controlling and supporting the joints rather than for creating movement. They help prevent joint compression and excessive strain on the spine.

Is core strength the same thing as abdominal strength?

Not exactly. First of all, core muscles are throughout the body, not just the abdominals. Core stability muscles work differently from the more surface or phasic muscles. The core muscles are designed for endurance rather than strength and work on a subconscious level to control joint movement and protect structures. The firing pattern, or sequence in which muscles activate is a crucial element to good function.

How does poor posture relate to back pain?

Poor posture creates imbalance in the body and stresses joints by transmitting forces unevenly. In other words, when good alignment is not maintained certain structures and muscles take the bulk of the load leading to overwork and breakdown.