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An avid athlete through her youth, Marisa’s sensitivity to her body led her to quickly appreciate the power of Pilates to help her with flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance. Marisa is a certified massage therapist, Pilates instructor, and certified DNS Exercise Trainer constantly continuing her education with functional exercise systems and bodywork. Marisa is a CPT, Certified Pilates Teacher, through the Pilates Method Alliance (the national accrediting organization) and a CMT (California Certified Massage Therapist).

Should you be focusing on strengthening your abs and glutes to avoid back pain?

Why yes. But the more important question is “HOW?”

Back pain has a variety of causes which is commonly arises from instability and overloading of the lumbar spine. Essentially how our muscles fire is key to this. While much can be said about our body’s complex system, a few principals will be pointed out.  

Ideally, our CNS (central nervous system) is able to anticipate movements as well as properly respond and adjust our body (stabilizing our spine) to them as they occur. We also want to have relative “tone” (like springs) in the muscles that stabilize the spine so that at any given moment, our spine is immediately responsive to a movement and fully supporting ourselves even while we’re sitting. 

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