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The benefits of combining Kinesiology with Pilates....

Updated: Apr 22

How can combining Kinesiology with Pilates enhance your movement?

Ever struggled with that Pilates clam? Or wondered why your back or neck muscle got involved in a movement where it shouldn't?

Well, Kinesiology could help improve your Pilates! How?

Think of your muscles as a family, independently they all work well on their own, then when you put them all together in the same room, there are one or two members doing all the work whilst the rest do minimal or nothing at all! Similarly in our bodies, we can have muscles that aren’t pulling their weight - allowing another area to do the job for them, or equally, one muscle that wants to do all the work, all the time (perhaps its learnt to 'protect' another area).

Through Kinesiology, we can find muscles that aren’t doing their job, and then activate them so that all the muscles (like the family) are working together as a team and individually taking responsibility for their own area.

So that difficult Pilates movement you couldn't do? Might just have got a whole lot easier..... check out the video (or if you prefer to read see below)

Hi, it's Zoisa here. I've just had a new client come to me interested in Pilates but ALSO in some Kinesiology. And it was just really fascinating to combine the two and help somebody to really understand and see for themselves the benefits when you mix Kinesiology with the Pilates exercise.

For example, I started with my usual standing posture and asking the client to notice what they felt in their body (as I do with all sessions - group or 121). This identifies any tightness and then we look at the ranges of movement - what happens when you go to sit down (squat) and stand up? Any imbalances in terms of excess tension - so are the knees are pulling inwards, maybe as you're walking, one leg feels tighter and stiffer, there's less swing going through, maybe there's limited rotation happening through the torso.

Having done the basic movement assessment, I then checked the 'indicator muscle' which is connected to the brain to see if the muscle switches on when I switch it on and off again when I 'switch it off'. [See my blog on this for more info]

However, for this particular client (and it happens regularly for others too) the muscle was just like, "No, I'm on. That's it." So we did as I usually do - to rub the neuro lymphatic points on the breast bone and on the base of the skull, and then I held the neurovascular points - which are connected to emotions - which helps to balance the central meridian

When I checked the muscle again, it switched on. And then when I interrupted that signalling flow of communication, which is what rubbing that muscle does, the muscle turned off, which was great, because that's ideally how a muscle works. When you are exercising you want your muscles to be able to activate when you need to use it and then deactivate when you don't.

However, because there was some tension in the hips after a knee injury, when I muscle tested the inner thigh, there was an inability to hold, maintain and meet the pressure, telling me there was something going on with the signalling, the leg was unable to switch on.

This is not about muscular strength, but about the signalling - that process of the messaging going from the body to the brain and coming back clearly, which was not happening. It transpired that the stomach energy was over-energised, and the spleen/pancreas (which is processing and sending all the nutrients) was under-energised, so I did the usual fixes for her stomach and spleen meridian.

How to visibly see the benefits of Kinesiology with Pilates

Combining Kinesiology with Pilates is great, because you can SEE the changes.

We were doing some chest expansion exercises with the purple Pilates band which is one of the stronger bands. This client found the exercise quite difficult. I could see the effort it was taking to pull the band and open the chest - with the shoulder trying to join in and help.

BUT AFTER we had done the Kinesiology 'fixing' and had balanced the stomach and spleen, when this client pulled the band, she put in the same amount of effort to pull the band and her arms flung out. It was so much easier to do because we had now activated the correct muscles, and the whole energy, meridians and all the muscles were working effectively and in harmony with everything else.

Finally we added a little bit of the MELT technique with my little magic MELT balls, which provided even more solidity, more connection through the body, more clarity so that actually, she could then get more out of the other exercises.


Want to learn more about Kinesiology?

If you want to know more, or book a session, then I have got some half an hour taster sessions so you can just experience Kinesiology or learn more about some of the foods that might be switching your muscle communication and activation signalling off.

Check out my 30 minute mini Kinesiology or Food Testing sessions, or if you're ready to really understand your body, book a Kinesiology session with me.


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