The Polestar Principles of Movement

What sets Polestar Pilates Teacher Training apart from the rest?  Polestar Principles!

What are the Principles of Movement?

1. Breath –  “The Breath is the first act of life and the last” “Above all else, Learn to breathe correctly” – Joseph Pilates. Have you ever considered what function of the body initiates the breath?  How do the movement of the ribs and diaphragm synchronize?  Does breath facilitate movement or does movement facilitate breath?  In Polestar Principles, Dr. Brent Anderson speaks on the breath as the underlying Principle that is applicable to all movement and movement education.

2. Axial Elongation & Core Control –  Do the abdominals really comprise the core?  What is the difference between core control and stability?  What components make up the true physiological definition of the core? Axial elongation places the body in its optimal position to increase available degrees of freedom and increase efficiency of movement.

Good posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control. Graceful carriage follows as a matter of course.” – Joseph Pilates

3: Spine Articulation –  How many ways can you move your spine? Distribution of movement = distribution of forces.  “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young” – Joseph Pilates

4: Organization of the Head, Neck, and Shoulders – How does the positioning of our head, neck and shoulders affect our quality of movement? How does it affect our perspective? Organizing the head, neck and shoulders increases our awareness of the world through improved access to our senses; vision, hearing and touch.

5: Alignment & Weight Bearing of the Extremities – What are kinetic chains? How do we acquire new or correct movement? “Ideal alignment involves all body parts approximating toward the central axis, as much as structure permits.” – Eric Franklin

6: Movement Integration – What is motor control? How can we successfully integrate movement of many joints in multiple planes of motion? “The movement of the mind is reflected in the movement of the body and the movement of the body in the movement of the mind.  To move is to develop the strength of this dynamic relationship between the mind, body and the living synergy of one’s environment.” – Dawn Strom

“Our body moves as our mind moves. The qualities of movement are a manifestation of how the mind is expressing through the body at any moment..movement can be a way to observe the expression of mind through the body, and it can also be a way to affect changes in the body-mind relationship.” – Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Polestar Principles will bring to life your ability to assess, problem-solve, design and modify exercise programs to meet specific needs and abilities.

In this online course with over 10 hours of content you will experience and apply the theories of movement that lay the foundation for all other Polestar courses. Using evidence-based research, you will discover the passage ways for movement throughout the body and develop the tools to provide either assistance for or challenge your clients in helping them achieve their goals.

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