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Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core

An Illustrated Guide to a Safe and Effective Core Training Program
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Publisher: 
North Atlantic
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January, 2016
ISBN:
9781583949993
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Banyen's Description: 

This book is the first to illustrate the essential connection between the functional anatomy of the body’s core and its application during Pilates’ fundamental core exercises. Focusing on the inherent potential of the human body to stabilize and move, Dr. Evan Osar and Marylee Bussard combine the most current research around core stabilization with six fundamental Pilates principles to offer simple, easy-to-use strategies for relieving discomfort and improving pain-free movement. With more than 290 full-color illustrations, Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core provides both Pilates practitioners and professional teachers with a comprehensive understanding of how the core functions and how stabilization helps promote health and proper movement patterns through the development of balanced muscles, joint alignment, and core control.

The authors apply current research on neuroplasticity, the brain's capacity to reorganize itself by developing new neuronal connections, and on the function of fascia, the matrix-like connective tissue of the body, to explain the six fundamental principles of Pilates—Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow. They show how to avoid muscle imbalances, chronic tightness, and pain by incorporating the principles of functional anatomy during exercise.

Readers learn how to:

  • Achieve the alignment, breathing, and control required for developing optimal posture and movement
  • Alleviate non-optimal habits that relate to common postural dysfunction, muscle imbalances, and chronic tightness
  • Integrate the fundamental Pilates exercises in order to develop a more stable core and eliminate the risks of common injuries while accomplishing one’s health and fitness goals.
Publisher’s Description: 

Whether the reader is an academic, a professional teacher, or a Pilates practitioner, Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core will provide profound insights into the central emphasis of the method: core stabilization. Pilates is widely accepted and utilized as a system that promotes health and proper movement patterns through the development of balanced muscles, joint alignment, and core control. Here, the six fundamental principles--Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow--are explained in the light of current research on neuroplasticity (the brain's capacity to reorganize itself be developing new neuronal connections), and on the function of fascia (the matrix-like connective tissue of the body). When the principles of functional anatomy are not considered during exercise application, muscle imbalances, chronic tightness, and even pain can result. Clearly written, and beautifully illustrated with over 110 full-color illustrations, Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core reveals the missing connection between functional anatomy of the core--how human bodies stabilize and move--and its application during the fundamental core exercises.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 Introduction to the Pilates Principles
Chapter 2 Functional Anatomy of the Pilates Core
Chapter 3 The Breathe Activation Strategy(TM) for Core Stabilization
Chapter 4 Dysfunction and Responses to Non-optimal Core Stabilization Strategies
Chapter 5 Integrating the Pilates Principles

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