Understanding Your Core Connections, Part 1

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We’ve been working on a new video series that teaches the absolute, fundamental core connections you need in order to have a body that feels good to live in.

Learning these connections is for everyone, whether you do Pilates, or any other exercise, or don’t even exercise at all.

Your core muscles are the deepest muscles in your body. The ones closest to your bones. These muscles are also called your local core muscles.

Your global muscles are your more exterior muscles, like your glutes, quads and biceps.

Our bodies are designed to work and live from our local core muscles. If muscles were runners, your local core muscles are your marathon runners and your global muscles are your sprinters.

When your local core muscles go AWOL, due to injury, or chronic, poor alignment habits, that’s when you can run into trouble, and are far more susceptible to injury, back pain, etc. These new videos are designed to help you find and connect to some of your local core muscles.

Even if you never take a Pilates class, these exercises will be number one on your list of daily requirements and you can easily work them in to your schedule.

These core connections have the power to improve all your physical movement because these are fundamental connections that support absolutely everything else you do, whether you’re lifting weights, or sitting at a desk.

In the studio, we teach these connections first, before anything else, because if you don’t have these core connections, you’re building a beautiful house on a foundation of sand.

Comments I frequently hear as people begin to make these new mind/body associations are, “I feel taller.”, “My stomach feels smaller.”, and,  “My back doesn’t hurt anymore. These core connections are powerful!”

Over the next eight weeks we’ll be posting four new videos, one every other week.

In this first video, I’ll talk about the number one thing I always check when someone comes to me with chronic back pain. And I’ll also share one of the exercises I recommend making time for every single day.

I hope you enjoy this first video and if you try the exercise, let me know how it goes in the comments below.

See you in the studio,

About the Author


Hi, I'm Sydney and I'm a Restorative Movement Specialist here at Pilates Tonic. My goal is to empower you with tools to connect and live in your body in new and better ways.I'm a passionate advocate for wellness through optimally aligned movement and I look forward to designing a customized alignment and movement program just for you! If you want to find out more, just give me a call at 423.702.5233, or email me at info@pilatestonic.com. See you in the studio!

Comments 6

  1. Hi Sydney!!!
    I love your emails thank you !! It is sooo wonderful to hear the ‘core’ being mentioned from your toes up to the top of your head and neck!!!
    I tell my clients that it is like wearing an internal wet suit that hugs all your bones and when connected supports your structure with ease and takes up no feeling of effort!!
    Looking forward to your next email!!!
    Thank you !!!
    Monica ( The Lake District .uk) xx

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      Thank you for your feedback Monica! I love your image of the internal wet suit hugging all of the bones. That’s a great image! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the videos 🙂

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  2. Hi Sidney,
    Love your imagery quote comparing your muscles to runners. Going to use that one again. Internal wetsuit is good too. It is challenging to keep the internal focus, especially with clients who only do matwork. Love the breathing video to as way to relieve back pain. To get more back opening, it is also nice to do this over a bolster or pillow. Thanks for your tried and true exercises. Just getting back to viewing this series on core.

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