What is Core Health?

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As a certified Pilates instructor, I understand the importance of developing strong core muscles to support the physical body. The abdominals, diaphragm, iliopsoas, pelvic floor, transversospinalis muscles and the multifidus muscles all work together to stabilize and support the spine. With a strong core, you will increase your range of motion, power output from both the core and the peripheral muscles (arms and legs), coordination, posture, balance, athletic performance and you will have a lower risk of injury in both every day tasks and sports activities.

As a dancer, a strong, stable core is essential for enabling the body to move with power and energy, as well as with grace and precision. I was always taught that movement comes from the inside, out; if you are moving from a centered and grounded place, not only will your movement be supported structurally, but you will be able to harness the emotional aspect of dancing and move from a deeply authentic place.

Spiritually, your core is the root of your being, the place from which you govern stability in your life. In the tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, the seven chakras are believed to be centers of the body from which a person can collect energy. The seventh chakra, Muladhara, also known as the root chakra, is located at the base of the spine. It is related to instinct, security, survival, sensuality, and basic human potentiality.  Without a healthy spiritual core, these vital components will be too weak to have a truly balanced existence.

When we ingest food, it is directed immediately to our core where digestion occurs. From there, it is distributed throughout the body perfectly to nourish each and every cell, giving it exactly what that unique cell requires. When we feed ourselves the very best of what the environment has to offer, our body thanks us by performing efficiently and helping to sustain a high quality of life for years to come.

When we feel stable at the root of ourselves, we can begin to make more informed choices that will help us maintain balance in all aspects of our lives. As a Holistic Health Coach it is my goal to support you in achieving this balance in a way that is uniquely tailored to your needs. My approach is not to dwell on calories or macronutrients. It is not to create a list of restrictions, or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to look at all parts of your life to see how they are affecting your health as a whole. Together we will work to reach your health goals, whatever they may be; achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, maximizing energy, to name a few. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your health and enhance your quality of life.

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