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THE DEEP FLATNESS


Try this:


Pull the belly-button towards the spine.


NOTICE!!! Did the chest get hard, and start to lift up and out in front of you? Did you feel you chest get tight as you pulled the stomach in?


The chest should stay nice and soft.  We don’t want to engage tense chest muscles just because we are engaging our stabilizing core muscles!


This is lesson one! Everybody says that Pilates is about doing movements slowly, calmly, smoothly, and with awareness, thoughtfulness, and focus. So let’s pull the stomach in with this level of calmness and awareness…


So… can you pull the stomach in without gripping in the chest, (or gripping in the throat, or the hips, or the back…). These are things a Pilates instructor should notice in a student, and help them correct.


So (again!), Can you pull your stomach muscles in AND BE AWARE OF ANY TENSION DEVELOPING IN OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY???


Because it is so difficult to self-correct, Pilates said we need a trained observer/teacher to help up do his method correctly. Can you find the focus to correct yourself using only this web-site and your own awareness? (I hope so!!!).


Pascal)


Now while the breath is ‘the most important’ part of Pilates, it is also particularly difficult for most people to understand, access and transform.


Breath is so much at the core of who we are as people, as personalities, as characters, that changing our breath is tantamount to changing who we are.


So…


I am going to come back to breath later! Just because it is so important doesn’t mean that we have to start with it.


Let’s build up to it!


The most basic thing that makes up Pilates anywhere you go is to pull the stomach in. If you find yourself with an instructor who is not having you pull your stomach in and keep it in, then you are not doing Pilates!


A very common way of expressing this is, “try to pull (or press) the belly-button in to the spine.”


“Belly-button to spine”


One of the first explorations I do with my students is to have them try to do this - pull the stomach flat into the spine. I call the THE DEEP FLATNESS.


Most people can make their abdominal muscles hard, but that is not the same as flat. And just making the flat is not the same as pulling them in flat.

It is a complex engagement!