Hip Hip hooray!

Contrology (aka Pilates) to me means, to individuate and isolate. Individuate joints and isolate movement, that is. Training for “real life” means we have to get weird and specific, go deep and play. Walking better will not start by walking, but by training our hips and legs. In my experience, most people have never felt their real hip flexors work. I mean Iliacus. Not rectus femoris, not psoas or even using abdominals to fake hip flexion. I mean fake in a very loving way. Pelvic tilts, or more so forward flexion of the body, be it sitting or standing is often performed by primarily spinal movement, contracting the abdominals or/ and a butt squeeze that results in a tucked pelvis. That creates and often deepens faulty patterns, for most people resulting in SI problems, lower back pain, tight hamstrings and quads. The body has to function as a whole. It works and feels better when it does. We as human machines have the wonderful ability to choose which muscle is doing the moving and stabilizing, the resisting and the lengthening.