Fitness Tip of the Week: How To Find Neutral Spine
Neutral spine refers to the shape of the spine where its natural curve is present without being exaggerated in either direction. In Pilates, it’s usually the safest posture to practice exercises.
In this short video you’ll learn how to find your neutral spine in three different positions:
- lying supine (face up)
- kneeling (all fours)
Supine Tilt your pelvis first forward, arching your lower back, and then backward, flattening the lumbar curve. Your neutral spine is roughly in the middle.
Kneeling Bend your spine backwards, arching your lower back, and then round inwards, looking toward your navel. Your neutral spine is roughly in the middle. It should feel as though your spine is straight (although its subtle natural curves are present).
Standing Draw your abdominal muscles around the lumbar curve to hold your spine still and stable while you exercise. Again, it should feel as though your spine is straight (although its subtle natural curves are present).
This Week’s Featured On-Demand Classes
Here are some of the latest videos I’ve uploaded to the on-demand library.
BodySculpt Express - All In One Upper Body Workout
Use a loop band and a set of weights to tone your shoulders, arms, chest, back and abs.
Mobility Express - Post Athletic Recovery
A post-athletic event cool down to improve your recovery with foam rolling, mobility & stretching.
Do you have an idea for a class you’d like to see? Is there a particular exercise you want to work on? Send me your request and I’ll do my best to incorporate it into an upcoming video. I’d love to hear from you!