How Pilates can help you to achieve and maintain good posture
With Heather’s Pilates Classes in Southampton
Posture is something that most people take for granted, however the long term effects of poor posture can cause irreparable damage to your spine, pain throughout your body, poor breathing, and even digestive issues. Good posture enables the spine to distribute the weight effectively so there is the least amount of pressure on the spine throughout the day. Poor posture is often caused by poor movement patterns and long periods of inactivity slouched over a desk. These bad habits mean that some muscles can become weak, and some can become overactive causing tension.
For good standing posture make sure you have:
- Ears over shoulders with chin tucked.
- Shoulders down and back, you should feel like your shoulders are pulling away from each other and the bottom of your shoulder blades are drawn together. If you could see your shoulder blades then they’d have a nice ‘V’ shape.
- Stomach drawn in, imagine your belly button being drawn towards your spine.
- Pelvis is in neutral, if your hips were a bucket of water, would that water be level?
- Weight balanced between your toes and your heels.
Good posture can be hard to hold, especially when you’ve fallen into bad habits. If you want to improve your posture, Pilates is perfect for this.