It is said the first things to go as the body ages are hearing, skin elasticity (aka wrinkles), eye site… but it probably depends on who you talk too.
We here at CoeDynamics, would like to propose that the first thing to go (not just for the aging but also for the youth) is, to put it delicately…
YOUR BUTT (muscles).
Where Do You Bend From? Having been teaching Pilates and Functional Movement for 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of tushes come through our doors!
It's a very common action for people to bend their legs (for instance when you squat, lunge, or walk up or down stairs) without flexing at their hip. This common mistake entirely bypasses the contraction of the glute muscles, and instead flexes the lower back or over flexes the knees. Eventually, these movements put unnecessary strain on the back, knees and many times the neck too (OUCH!) See some of these sample pictures below. We call these “Before and After Finding CoeDynamics”
YES! NO NO
Don't Take My Word for It - Here are some Statistics
- back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a doctor and/or miss work (1) - as of February 2015 WebMD HealthDay News states:
“The number of hip replacements performed in the United States has increased substantially, and the procedure has become more common in younger people, new government statistics show……Over the 10 years of the study, the number of procedures more than doubled, from 138,700 in 2000 to 310,800 in 2010. The number grew by 92 percent, to 80,000, among those age 75 and older. It jumped by 205 percent in those aged 45 to 54, to 51,900. (my emphasis)(2)
Yes, there are number of things that contribute to the above hip, back, knee and neck issues can be arthritis & bone loss, as well as lifestyle habits like smoking, stress, and GUT disturbances. But other large contributors include repetitive motion and poor posture.
Keep the Behind, Behind
A common spoken cue, during CoeDynamics Pilates sessions (both groups and privates) is to "Keep the Behind, Behind." This is not just needed in movement, but just as important for posture such as while one is standing! Standing with the hips tucked under or pushed forward will push other parts of the body (neck, shoulders, back, knees) out of alignment. Standing out of alignment (see pics below), decreases space in the joints and overtime eventually strains and wears out the soft tissue, pinches nerves both of which will cause inflammation. Inflammation causes pain and many times reduces range of motion.
The Pilates Core Benefit
The other benefit that naturally is put into place when hip and butt placement is corrected, is that your inner Pilates CORE muscles will get some serious action!
During a New Client Pilates Private with CoeDynamics in Redondo Beach, we conduct an alignment and muscle activation assessment both during static positions and movement. We then challenge the alignment with Pilates and functional movement exercises. Bringing this awareness to the client is key to moving them to the right direction of FEELING and LOOKING GREAT!
Are you experiencing back, hip or other joint pain? Is your posture or your golf game in the slumps? See what Pilates and corrected alignment can do for you with CoeDynamics New Client Pilates Special.
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Tracy Coe, CPT-PMA, C-QRA Functional Health & Nutrition Practitioner CoeDynamics
Tracy Coe is a certified QRA functional health and nutrition practitioner who’s passion is to support the community in educating and providing professional documented and researched options of whole foods, cleansing, and toxicity prevention to support short/long term health and vitality for the individual and family. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 424.903.3104
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