If you’re a seasoned Pilates devotee, you’ve probably heard of centering. But what is it and why is it so important? Centering is bringing intentional focus and engagement to your center – your core. When you’re centered, you’re able to regulate and control more efficiently all the movements of your body. This makes for a smoother, more effective Pilates practice.
What does “centering” in Pilates mean?
Centering in Pilates refers to finding your body’s center of gravity. This is also known as your core. In Pilates, the core refers to the muscles of the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis. These muscles work together to support the spine and provide stability. Centering engages these muscles so that you can move more efficiently and with greater control. Centering is an important concept in core and pelvic floor Pilates. With centering, you’ll maximize the benefits of Pilates and improve your overall health and well-being.
Is Pilates a good core workout?
Pilates is often touted as a great core workout, and for good reason. Pilates helps to strengthen the muscles around the body’s center, including the abdominals, lower back, and hips. It equally challenges the many muscles of the core, including the rectus abdominals, transverse abdominous, and obliques.
The pelvic floor is a combination of muscles and tissues that support the pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum. These muscles attach to the pelvic bones and extend across the pelvis. Strong pelvic floor muscles are important for several reasons. They help control bowel and bladder function and support the pelvic organs. Pelvic floor dysfunction can occur when these muscles are weak or damaged. This can lead to problems with incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and pelvic pain. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common problem, but it is treatable. Both Pilates and physical therapy can help build pelvic floor muscles and strength. Pilates is a great way to focus on your center and improve your balance, coordination, and strength. If you’re looking for a workout that will help you feel centered and focused both physically and mentally, look no further than Pilates. At ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates we offer classes for all levels of experience so you can get the most out of your practice. Join us today!