If you have ever been to a Pilates class, you would have heard the word TZONE over and over again!
Lets get this mystery body part revealed! Your T-Zone in Pilates is your transverse abdominis and your pelvic floor muscles. They are the muscles of your core which support your lower back and help to flatten the stomach.
How to find your Tzone?
Literally draw a capital letter T on the lower part of your stomach – the vertical line from your pubic bone up towards your belly button, the horizontal line from hip bone to hip bone.
To engage your Tzone, start by internally squeezing up the vertically line using your pelvic floor muscles (imagine you are zipping up a pair of internal pants), then tighten across from hip bone to hip bone as if you are pulling them closer together (doing up the button).
Tightening and strengthening your Tzone has amazing benefits, and its not just for the Pilates fanatics – this is for every day life! Practise activating your tzone throughout your day, at every traffic light, at your desk at work, whenever you remember.
What are the benefits?
Your core is about more than just your abs, its your body’s powerhouse! Not only does it facilitate movement, but it also hourses your inner organs and central nervous system – in other words it helps you do just about everything. Here are just a few benefits of building a strong core:
1. Balance and stability
2. Injury prevention
3. Strong, confident posture
4. Protects inner organs and central nervous system
5. Banishes back pain