drawing of how the four abdominal muscles interact

Meet Your Abdominals!

Your abdominals are essential to every thing you do. Literally. You might not know that you have four muscles which constitute “the abdominals.” From deepest to most superficial, they are the: transverse abdominis, internal oblique, external oblique, and rectus abdominis. I’d like to take a moment today to discuss with a little bit of detail where these muscles are and what they do.

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neutral rib cage in a supine position

Rib Cage Placement: Find Muscles You Didn’t Know You Had!

It’s possible that you didn’t think a lot about rib cage placement before today. I know that I didn’t before I started studying Pilates. In my studies of STOTT Pilates, I learned that there are Five Basic Principles that are very important to everything you do. They are: breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapula placement, and head placement. The Five Basic Principles serve as a foundation upon which all of our Pilates moves will be based.

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woman wonders why

Why?: The Ultimate Question

Anyone with a 2 or 3-year-old will probably tell you that the word “why” is their least favorite word. Toddlers ask the important questions, don’t they? My philosophy has been to go as honest and deep as I can so that it will make an impression and we won’t have to have this talk again. Even though I offer up this honesty to my kids, how honest are we really with ourselves when we ask ourselves “Why?”

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