I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about today’s video. I’ve been wanting to make a video with this exercise for a very long time!
Today you’re going to connect to the deepest muscles in your back, your multifidus.
When I first discovered this connection in my body, light bulbs of understanding went off for me like never before. And when I put this connection into the Pilates work I was already doing, big changes started to happen and I got more value out of every single Pilates class and session I took.
In fact, it’s actually the multifidus connection that I credit with gaining back two inches of height that I thought I’d lost forever due to my scoliosis.
But, my absolute favorite thing about the exercise in this video is that you can do it anywhere—and no one can tell you’re doing it! The only way anyone will know is if you suddenly get taller right before their eyes. By the way, that is actually a possibility. 😉
Now, if you don’t feel this connection right away, be patient with yourself and don’t give up. Some people feel it right away while others have to imagine it and see it in their minds for a while before it clicks.
It’s also not unusual to feel it all in your deep abdominals. The multifidus and your transverse abdominis are a team. So if you're feeling deep abdominals, it's a good sign that you've found your multifidus, you just might not sense the connection in your back yet.
If you’ve never felt your multifidus before, it’s a much different feeling than your typical muscle contraction. It's a deep feeling on the spine. These muscles swell (in a good way) to hug your spine when they’re engaged.
The multifidus responds really well to imagery. So even if you’re not feeling anything, using the imagery will still help you to get great results. Eventually, with practice you’ll begin to sense the multifidus connection in your body.
So give this one a try and let me know how it goes in the comments below the video!
See you in the studio,