Power Engine, Powerhouse, Corset?

Power Engine Korsett Powerhouse Pilates Aktivierung Optimierungs-Training

[cs_content][cs_element_section _id=”1″ ][cs_element_row _id=”2″ ][cs_element_column _id=”3″ ][cs_element_quote _id=”4″ ][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” style=”text-transform:none!important;padding-bottom:10px;”]Where do we take our power from?[/x_custom_headline][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Our power engine is a deep muscle synergy that provides us with lumbopelvic control and core stability. This deep muscle corset system is the main foundation of the power engine concept.

In depth, this model concept of lumbopelvic control and core stability defines the synergy between the transversus abdominis, deep fibres of the lumbar multifidus, pelvic floor muscles, diaphragm and the weight bearing muscles of our pelvis.

See the Power Engine Concept in images below plus an activation exercise for your Power Engine;)
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0:00 Explanation of concept
3:56 Power Engine activation exercise
5:55 Incorrect ways of activating our Power Engine
7:15 How to eliminate faulty action
7:48 Exercise variations

In case you haven’t read our blog post on How to activate your Power Engine (DMCS), you may want to do so before or after diving deeper into theory;)

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In sitting, prone and supine position our Power Engine provides core control and stability to our lumbopelvic region.
In sitting, for example, it lengthens our spine and places the centre of gravity at its highest and most efficient position. In prone position our Power Engine elongates our body bi-directionally to reduce weight in our upper body. In supine position our Power Engine also elongates our body bi-directionally and places the centre of gravity at its highest and most efficient position.

This way our Power Engine opens up the vertical dimension of our body by grounding our pelvis to the earth and elevating our spine towards the sky; much like a tree: The pelvis being our root and the branches being our spine.

[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”https://bodyhood.christopherrapp.at/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/PowerEng1_web.jpg” alt=”Pilates Corset Power Engine Powerhouse Challenge” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” style=”text-transform:none!important;padding-bottom:10px;”]Power Engine versus Powerhouse[/x_custom_headline][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]In my work I use either Moshe Feldenkrais’ term Power Engine or the term DMCS (deep muscle corset system) instead of Joseph Pilates’ term Powerhouse because I simply feel that the term Power Engine is metaphorically more appropriate to the Bodyhood Pilates approach than the term Powerhouse. Nevertheless, I do feel that both terms from a deep point of view are synonymous. I believe that what M. Feldenkrais meant and what J. H. Pilates meant is more or less the same, of course, from 2 different approaches to bodywork.[/cs_text][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false” style=”text-transform:none!important;padding-bottom:10px;”]Introduction Power Engine Activation[/x_custom_headline][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]

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We activate our Power Engine by using our pelvic floor muscles in order to initiate the drawing-in of the abdominal wall (transversus abdominis) in a zipping-up motion from our pubic bone to our breast bone.

This way we form a corset action without any movement in our spine. We thereby engage our deep lower back muscles (deep fibres of the multifidus), heels, and the weight-bearing muscles of our pelvis and diaphragm, whose role it is to contribute to intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) and prevent displacement of the abdominal viscera so that the transversus abdominis can increase tension in the thoracolumbar fascia (transition from chest to lower back region).

For a step-by-step guide on how to activate your Power Engine with a flowchart as your guiding help, read our blog post on How to activate your DMCS.

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Get into it & fly with it!

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