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WTF is Core Stability?

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Core Stability. We all want more of it. We all cue it.

But what even is it?

And does it actually help back pain or function?

Listen to find out!

Links

  • Tiny habits book
  • Myths of Happiness book
  • What even IS spinal stability? And can core stability exercises change it? here
  • TrA activation is the same in people with and without LBP, but hamstring activation is delayed in people with LBP here
  • Changes in TrA timing and thickness after core stability training do not correlate with changes in low back pain or disability here and here
  • Changes in pain and disability after TrA retraining are predicted by self-rated spinal instability here
  • Smith et al. (2014) core stability exercise systematic review here
  • Saragiotto et al. (2016) core stability exercise Cochrane systematic review here
  • NAF physio podcast here

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Cueing Elephants

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In Pilates there are SO many myths, so much baggage. So many convoluted pseudo-scientific theories about cueing.

Luckily, the facts turn out to be quite simple. Much simpler than you’d think!

There IS a best way to cue, and you can dramatically improve your cueing by using 3 simple techniques.

Yay science!!

Links

  • Attentional focus and motor learning, a summary of the last 15 years of research here
  • Pilates Through The Ages – examples of how cueing has changed over the last 60 years here
  • Great paper on additive benefits of external focus, autonomy support and early success here
  • My Gym Dad on Insta @my_gym_dad
  • OPTIMAL motor learning website
  • Stroke rehab study here
  • Raph interviews Dr Gaby Wulf and Dr Rebecca Lewthwaite here

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Teaching Online

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Cloe shares her experiences teaching Reformer online, and we unpack the many benefits to both the client and teacher, of online Pilates.

And Raph gives a mini-harangue about not undercharging for your classes.

Lesley Logan is here: https://profitablepilates.com/author/lesley-logan-2/

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Nonsensical Cues

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You heard another instructor use a cue, so you yell it out too. But did you ever stop to think about some of the things you say in class?

Like

  • activate your abs in a backbend
  • don’t overuse your quads in footwork
  • vertebra-by-vertebra
  • shoulders down and back
  • don’t overuse your hip flexors in table-top

Many (possibly all) of these are nonsensical – they don’t make sense. We’re gonna unpack why.

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Fascia-nating

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Fascia. We all love it.

But what is it, how does it work, and does knowing about it actually change anything in the way we should work with our clients?

What about myofascial slings?

And myofascial release?

We delve deep!

Want to read more? No problem!

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Hands On Assists?

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Hands-on cues and touching have been an important part of Pilates. But are they still?

COVID has forced us to rethink their value.

Join us for a nuanced (sort of) conversation about the pros and cons of hands-on, and the different situations where you may want to do it, or give it a miss.

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Pregnancy Elephants

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For Pilates instructors, few topics provoke as much anxiety as working with prenatal clients.

As a consequence many instructors compulsively seek continuing education on prenatal and postnatal Pilates.

Sadly, most educators don’t understand current prenatal exercise guidelines.

So despite all the ongoing education they do on the topic, the majority of Pilates instructors still don’t know what to do with pregnant clients.

In this double-length episode we delve into the mythology of prenatal Pilates, and talk through many of the Pilates Elephants surrounding pregnancy.

But we don’t just leave you hanging, we do talk through the current guidelines.

References:

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The Dangers of Safety Culture

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What could be safer than keeping your clients safe?

Well, it turns out that NOT trying so hard to keep them safe, may actually be safer.

Reference: Thinking about movement hurts: the effect of motor imagery on pain and swelling in people with chronic arm pain (Moseley et al. 2008) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/art.23580

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Is Alignment Important?

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Proper technique is important for safety, right?

Have you ever thought through specifically why you believe this?

Like, beyond something vague like “it’s bad for your discs”?

If you want to read the studies referenced in this episode, and watch some videos of Raph talking through why the forces on the spine are the same in flexion and neutral, you’ll find that all here: https://breathe.edu.au/flexion-dangerous-perhaps-not-according-science/

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Good and Bad Muscles

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A client telling you “my abs are on fire” is considered high praise by most instructors.

But what if your client said “my hip flexors are on fire”?

If you’re like most instructors, your response to “my hip flexors are on fire” would probably range from mild frustration that they’re not feeling it in the right place, to concern that they may be somehow “dysfunctional”.

Or, consider these two statements:

  • “My glutes are on fire”
  • “My neck is gripping”

Both statements describe very similar physical sensations. Why is one desirable and the other not?

The fact that you know which one we’re implying is “good” and which is “bad”, kinda highlights the point.

Why do we have the paradoxical notion that some muscles should be worked and strengthened, whereas others should not be?

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Your Brain Is A Liar

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A client comes to see you with pain. You give them some special exercises and send them on their way feeling awesome. Obviously the exercises worked, right?

Not so fast.

Our intuitive notion of cause and effect is evolved to deal with simple situations found in the ancestral environment, not the complexities of modern living.

It turns out that the evidence of our own experience is an incredibly unreliable way of distinguishing cause and effect.

Most of the time we delude ourselves. You’re probably doing it right now, and you almost certainly do it with every one of your clients, and your favourite treatments, whatever they are.

There is a way to get some insight into cause and effect – it’s called science.

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Educator, Educate Thyself

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The outcome of all education should be to open the mind to new possibilities, new ways of thinking and new ways of viewing the world.

However in the Pilates world, almost all our continuing education is of the “101 things to do with a Magic Circle” variety.

Not exactly mind-opening stuff.

Why is this? And what can be done about it?

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imPostURE Syndrome

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Posture is often thought to be at the heart of Pilates, but is it still relevant?

Can “faulty” posture really cause pain or dysfunction? What is dysfunction anyway? We take a look at all these topics and a few more in relation to posture.

Links

  • Variability in the location of bony landmarks makes postural assessment meaningless here
  • Experienced physiotherapists have 1.5-2cm error when palpating ASIS and PSIS here
  • Posture is highly variable and poorly reproducible here
  • Lordosis, range of movement and lumbo-pelvic rhythm are all highly varied in people with and without back pain here
  • No consensus on causality of spine postures and low back pain: A systematic review of systematic reviews here
  • No relationship of lumbar lordosis with hip flexibility or abdominal strength here
  • No relationship between pelvic tilt, lumbar lordosis and abdominal strength here
  • No relationship between pelvic asymmetry and back pain here
  • Exercise probably can’t change posture anyway here

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Body Shaming and Proprioceptive Fat

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This episode we talk through our response to some horrible and quite silly things said on social media this week. Plus we clarify what proprioception is, and where it happens (hint, not in your bony landmarks).

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