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Strategies for Pelvic Alignment

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Understanding how to lift your spine out of your hips is key to Pilates but can be difficult to feel due to poor alignment habits. Lori came up with a solution that allows the body to easily feel correct pelvic alignment and demonstrates it here using a strap wrapped around the body. After finding better alignment, she then shows how to put that to internal lift into action with the springs of the Pedipole. Visit Lori at Atlas Pilates where you can get Pilates sessions, Teacher Training and Physical Therapy.

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  1. tracy 4 years ago

    Cool, thanks

  2. LorenWalley 4 years ago

    Hi Lori, 2 questions:
    1. What is the material of the orange belt, did you buy it at a fabric store or …?
    2. With Lisbeth’s lordosis, what wouold you anticipate her starting posture to be on the pedipole?

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 4 years ago

      Hi Loren,
      Oh dear, please forgive me for taking so long to respond! I lost your comment in my messy in box.

      The orange fabric is actual seatbelt material. I bought it at Seattle Fabrics which specializes in sturdy and outdoor fabrics. I really like the material because it is very firm and the width deters it from digging in to the flesh.

      Pelvic posture and the Powerhouse is a very interesting subject for me. I am open minded as to the outer shape of each body as I observe and guide my clients toward their inner pelvic strength. In this video, my aim was to show how the strap can be used to unweight the entire pelvis from the legs. It also showed how you can nudge the pelvis to rotate. I am careful to guide the pelvis to a position that feels it can float and find some strength. I want to feel this lightness and “play” with my own hands and/or get the client’s feedback that floating is possible/imaginable. I don’t guide the pelvis to end range of motion, which I currently call a “parking spot”. When the body “parks” the muscles turn off and we hang out on ligaments. I see this happening to many people who have overachieved powerhouse “scoop”. Many people have turned off their bottoms and have created hanging flesh. uh oh. So this is probably more than you asked for, but it has been 5 months, so I need to give you something!

      Liesbeth has been practicing many years and is expert. She can position her pelvis at will.

      For clients with lordosis on the Pediople, I allow space behind their lower backs and don’t force shape, In time, with practice, I see bodies lengthen, strengthen, gain control and feel great. The space behind the back may lengthen to make contact with the bar, or the spine may stay exactly where it is, and muscles build to fill in the space.


  3. nicoletta

    Hi Lori,
    so gratifull to you for this video.really really a good information for daily teaching
    i hope see you soon

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Hi Nicoletta. I’m glad you liked it. Hope to see you soon.

  4. Respirapilates 5 years ago

    Laurie-thanks for sharing! What do you recommend using as the strap? How long should it be?

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Hi. My orange seatbelt strap is 10 feet long. But a few feet longer would be even better.

  5. Kerry 5 years ago

    Very nice. I like this idea, thank you.

    • Lori Coleman-Brown Author
      Lori Coleman-Brown 5 years ago

      Thank you. I used it today with a new client who has weak ankles. She was able to use the external support to find some internal powerhouse lift!

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