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 children is very familiar with the question, “Why?” In my opinion, why is the ultimate question. We may be quick to answer the questions of our children, but how often do we really ask ourselves this question. Why am I eating this? Why am I doing this? These are valid questions that we often ignore.

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