Pedipole. By Kathy Corey
We live in a lopsided world. The way we carry our bags, our babies and our briefcases creates a dominant side and muscle imbalance. Add to that almost any sports activity – golf, tennis, baseball, even dance – and we are intensifying these imbalances. If you think you don’t have a dominant side, try carrying your bag on your other side and see how awkward it feels. Or put on your pants starting out with the foot you don’t lift first.
Always ahead of his time, Joseph Pilates invented the Pedipole to address these imbalances. Nowadays, with all of us hunching over our computers, cell phones and steering wheels, we’re more misaligned than ever. His simple but ingenious invention is a great tool to help point out how uneven we really are.
When I first started Pilates, almost 30 years ago, my back was in bad shape. I was completely asymmetrical due to scoliosis. One side of my back was overdeveloped and tight while the other was hyper-flexible. When I’d roll down the Pedipole vertebra by vertebra, I had to shift my body to the right to find it, then shift to the left because my spine was S-shaped. By rolling my spine up and down while placing each vertebra on the pole, I was taught to balance my back. Using this ingenious device began a process of correcting my imbalances and improving my posture.
There are two versions of the Pedipole. One has a square base and is free standing; the other has a kidney-shaped base and is attached to a wall. The difference between the two is that the wall version is a bit easier to work on since it can’t tip. But, since it has an external stabilizer, it offers more versatility to the exercise program.
Full text available in Pilates4you Journal №3 «PILATES PLUS PSYCHE»
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