By June Scharff
In this digital age I hear the term “Connectivity” often.
One of Joseph Pilates' 7 concepts is called “Flow”. He depicted Flow as “movements are smooth and graceful”. I have found that to achieve Flow we must develop “Connectivity” which Webster defines as: the quality, state, or capability of being connective or connected; the state or extent of being connected or interconnected.
Now looking at our Mind/Body computer:
First, we usually learn to connect our breath with lengthening and contraction of our muscles.
Next, we start training our mind to connect with some of our smaller and or deeper muscles that may not have been woken up for a long time. Once we find these muscles, we develop the ability to use them in connection with the rest of our more commonly known larger muscles. Before long we discover that all of our movements are initiated from the deeper muscles. For example, many of the so-called arm exercises are very much back exercises. Leg exercises are very much pelvic floor and abdominal exercises. And… that is what they mean by Pilates works your core. Everything basically starts at the deepest core muscles and moves out from there.
Once we achieve the skill of starting all movements from our center we learn to interconnect the whole body. At that point we will have the control to be able to flow from one movement to another. You will connect your movement out to the movement in with no choppiness, just one constant flow of energy and movement.
You may think, “well that is cool, and it is wonderful to watch, but why would it be important for me to develop that skill?" Guess what… that interconnection of the deep core muscles during all of your movements whether in class or during the rest of the day is what keeps you feeling good! It prevents joint, neck and back issues; and helps heal existing issues.
It may sound like great endeavor to achieve Flow/Connectivity. It will take some time, yes. Don’t think about it; just make it to your Pilates sessions… you’ll see. ;-)