I have struggled with tight hip flexors, they took years to get tight and every day I work on giving them more flexibility. Many of my clients struggle with the same issue, with tight hip flexors affecting their posture and giving pain in the lower back. I was interested to read this article citing the awareness of the body in assisting with the change in movement patterns, something I try to make all my clients aware of in my Pilates mat classes.
Flexion (drawing the legs towards the trunk or making your bicep pop, for example) is a primary piece of our fear response and human beings are a terrified bunch. This fear manifests in the pelvis through a chronic shortening or engagement of muscles and keeps us stuck in a state of constant alarm. Our body flexes and extends and rotates and we are forever searching for balance in the front, back and sides of the body to allow for these movements to be successful. The search is all too often in vain.
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More and more men are turning up to my classes which is great news in shattering the myth that Pilates is just for women. Joseph Pilates was a weight lifter and boxer before he developed his Contrology method in addressing complete mind and body fitness.
Pilates is highly relevant to mens fitness. The integrative component of Pilates can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts often emphasize a part-by-part approach to muscular development, such as what one finds in weightlifting.