Getting to the Core, by Stacy Barrowsfeatured in the Huffington Post
Core yoga... Core outfits... Core workouts....
What exactly is the core? When I asked this of my 92-year-old mother-in-law, she said it had something to do with her abdominals. When I taught anatomy for a Pilates certification training, I decided to survey fitness and health professionals on what they felt the core muscles were.
The results were interesting, with many interpretations. The most agreed upon answer was the deep and superficial muscles that stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body -- specifically our abdominals and back muscles.
Activating our core muscles has been a mantra by many professionals helping their clients in seeking better overall strength, protecting from back pain and improving performance.
But what I learned early in my PT practice is that our brains do not know muscles, only movement. Gary Gray, PT, said it well in an interview with the New York Times: "I would rather facilitate the motion that turns the muscle on all by itself."