Like the corset of an 18th Century aristocrat, breathing deeply in through the nose, then exhaling through the mouth while engaging the abdominals (so they tighten and contract), also lifting the pelvic floor, pulls in muscles around the waist and abdomen activating nature's corset...
Breathing and engaging Abs activates nature's girdle. Yay..If only my Nana knew!
Unlike the corset of said aristocrat, this activation and contraction goes beyond the aesthetic and reinforces the muscle fibres of the Transversus Abdominus (TA) and, the area so often talked about in Pilates, the illusive "Core"..
The TA is mostly responsible for holding it all together, in and up and keeping it strong.... and is a lot more comfy than a corset too!
Bringing a conscious awareness to how you breathe cannot be underestimated and can make a huge difference to your stress levels, as well as activating the deep support muscles that protect your spine, balance your torso, and strengthen and tone your abdominals from the inside out. Oh yeah!!
It tones the waistline AND strengthens the internal abdominals - It's Win Win!!
This contraction of the abdominals with focused breath can be done anytime, anywhere and should absolutely be done when picking up a child, heavy shopping or getting the ton of IKEA Market Place pieces, you said you weren't going to buy, in from the car..
This can also vastly reduce your chance of prolapsed bladder and uterus later in life. Dramatic, but it happens!
In the short video below, we get your corset on and challenge your abdominals, toning and strengthening while you breathe. Its a great foundation.
Thank you.. I hope you enjoy.