Get Access
Pilates Neutral Spine Position

Why Navel To Spine is a Bad Cue (When Working in a Neutral Spine Position)

teaching skills Dec 24, 2018

Pulling your navel in will encourage your lumbar spine to flex and your pelvis to tilt posteriorly (tuck). This means if you want to challenge the transversus abdominis, which works in a neutral spine position, but not a flexed spine, then “navel to spine” is not an appropriate cue.

Instead cue to keep the tailbone/sacrum heavy on the table or carriage. Inhale into your back which will anchor the back ribs onto the table and allow the exhalation to connect the front ribs which will engage the upper part of the abdominal wall.

Related: The Cueing Cure: Dramatically Improve Your Verbal Cueing in 30-Days


Want more Pilates tutorials with detailed cues and teaching tips?

It's all inside Pilates Encyclopedia Member Library!
Get Access

Legal Advice For Teaching Pilates Online in 2022

Dec 15, 2021

Ballet Stretches on the Ladder Barrel

Dec 07, 2021

The Pilates Bridge: Tutorials, Benefits, and Progressions

Sep 28, 2021