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It’s no doubt that an understanding of anatomy is one key to being a good Pilates teacher. A reader recently asked if we could recommend some good books on the topic. Here are a few that are popular among Pilates teachers we polled. If you don’t see your favorite, please post a recommendation in the comments section!
Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain
Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit
Anatomy of Pilates from The PhysicalMind Institute
Anatomy Trains by Thomas W. Myers
By Kelly Kane
Many teachers know the buzz word “core stability” and see that working the back and abs helps their clients transition out of back pain, but they may not know exactly why. Here, Kelly Kane, founder of the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City, provides a detailed look at the core muscles and how they work together to support the back, and the whole body.
As humans we move in an upright relationship to gravity. We sit, stand, walk and run, often while carrying heavy loads such as our kids, bags and backpacks. When we do these activities we need to stabilize our pelvis and our low backs, and use the flexibility and strength of our hips to change levels, locomote and mobilize.
Unfortunately when the hips are tight and mobility in the hip joint is limited, movement is taken up the skeletal chain into the sacroiliac joints, sacro-lumbar junction and lumbar spine. The protocol for creating healthy backs should be to find good drop and glide of the femur bone at the hip joint, while strengthening the core stabilizers. In the Pilates venue we call this hip dissociation/differentiation and core stability.