Updated April 09, 2014
This is a set of deceptively easy exercises. They are exercises that teach the basic movement principles upon which Pilates exercises build. Pilates is a "functional fitness" method. That means that these principles translate directly into better posture and graceful, efficient movement in everyday life.
Use these Pilates fundamental moves to open any workout routine. They establish torso stability, pelvic stability, abdominal engagement, good alignment, and greater range of motion for the limbs.
The exercise we do to find neutral spine is a press of the lower back into the floor (creating a flat back), then a release of the spine into a small arch. Between these two points is a place where the 3 curves of the spine are in their natural position. This will be the start position from which we will do the rest of this set of fundamental exercises.
The Basic Move:
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