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This Pilates Iconoclast post coming to you from Backbone and Wingspan in Midtown Manhattan, could also be entitled "deepening femurs."
I have discovered in many instances ways to impart these principles of movement in a way that a person can relate directly to the work that they perform in their career.
I will call forth now again
"the body as architecture".
A relatively new client who I teach is an architect, and was able to walk without pain for the first time since February because I related to her the image of the femur bone as columnar and the hip as the corinthian capital above, and the foot, particularly the heel, expanding both back and wide as the pedestal of the column. She was able to realize this core stability in a lunge on the Pilates reformer.
I currently teach a few people who are both fascinated and experienced with underlying foundation and structure. It is inspiring that two of the several body mythologies I intend to write about are the body as architecture and the body as garment, and here within a span of a month, I am introduced to an architect and a fashion designer,
I believe the reason the lunge brought freedom in the hip is that this woman under-stood not separating, but relating column and capital for core strength She was able to transform in a lunge what she had previously perceived as a hip stretch that involved pushing the femur bone back and out of the hip in order to attempt to release tightness.
It is a matter of relationship, not merely alignment, as alignment can be misconstrued merely as a lining up the elements, but if they are not given a sense of relationship to one another, the person may have a sense of needing to hold muscle to maintain the alignment rather than
Ladies Who Lunge!
In this video you will see another student of mine who is a runner, performing the lunge. There is significant time spent expanding the back of the heel of the extended leg, so as to not push back on the Pilates reformer from the ball of the foot. Deepening the toes down into the surface of the Pilates reformer carriage, the foot can then still serve as a pedestal of support for the release of the hip.
Any comments, questions, real-life stories to relate about the relationship to your hip?
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Backbone and Wingspan Universal Principles of Movement
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Backbone and Wingspan: Pilates-Based Movement-Oriented
Manhattan New York City 212.647.8878 Tim Driscoll