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As a child, I used to love drawing with compasses during the math classes. I would admire these tools for their ability to draw perfect circles… and starting out from these circles: beautiful flowers and mandalas… But these amazing figures came to life only if we used the compass properly. If we positioned its pinned central arm incorrectly, the result rather resembled a potato. We used to laugh at it. 

Well, our #muscles#working always in #pairs, function in a very similar way. The ones that are responsible for #movement are always counter-balanced by those ensuring #stabililty: these are the muscles that hold bones in place and provide a solid basis of #support to prevent injury.

Pilates believed that:

There is no free movement without stability.

Think of drawing with a compass: you get a perfect circle only if the central arm is strongly fixed so that the one drawing the circle can focus on its work. This is exactly how our body is designed to work. Free movement happens when muscles perform their own role and do not take up the function of others. Deep #core muscles #stabilize your body and #protect your joints against the forces originating from the movement of the limbs and total body locomotion.

No wonder that we, pilates-lovers, like working out in the most ideal anatomical position. This is because the ideal human posture is the most stable and energy-efficient structure, and it provides the optimal position for our muscles to both support and complete our moves.

Our #mobility is truly dependent on our #posture and the #ability to achieve its #stability. In many cases, the loss of mobility in our joints originates from the compromised balance between the stabilizing and mobilizing muscles.

Would you have imagined that movement involves such a careful coordination of many, even contradictory, elements? Just like balancing firm bass with the subtle notes of soprano. Your body will be grateful if you orchestrate it with #care and #attention. And you will be grateful to see how Vanda Scaravelli’s words gain meaning for you in relation to your own body:

Movement is the song of the body.