The pelvic floor muscles are the foundation for the core of the body. They help stabilize the pelvis and support the organs of the lower abdominal cavity, including the bladder and uterus. The pelvic floor muscles are the group of muscles, tendons and ligaments that form a supportive sling at the base of the pelvis. These are the group of muscles you work in Pilates to develop your core strength. Called the powerhouse, this is where all movement and energy begins, from the center.
It's the powerhouse that gives us energy, strength, stability and control. If the pelvic floor muscles are weak, the strength of the powerhouse can be compromised. In Pilates your deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor must be activated during all exercises to stabilize the spine and pelvis. Your lower back muscles, the muscles around your hips and your glutes work together to form a supportive corset for the trunk of your body. Find a certified instructor who teaches you about the powerhouse and what it takes to build a strong foundation in Pilates. Implement what you learn in class to build the muscle memory in your body. Ask questions to make the necessary corrections to get the most benefit out of your class. You can make the changes you want in your body! Stick with it and be consistent. Join one of my Mat Classes or Private Sessions!