Any of these sound familiar?
Slouching behind a desk for 8 hours?
Carrying the baby repeatedly on one hip?
Wearing a heavy shoulder bag on one side?
Driving for long periods?
Answering the telephone and wrenching it between your ear & shoulder (you know who you are!)
Well don't suffer in silence any longer - Pilates can help tackle these issues!
If any of the above scenarios do sound familiar then you may already be feeling nasty niggles and dull aches. By becoming a little more aware of posture, and noticing our habits at work and home, it is possible to make a difference and decrease the likelihood of discomfort and long terms problematic postural issues. Small changes in our habits can make a real difference to physicality and wellbeing.
Pilates is a great way to help address poor posture and discomfort by working on alignment in the body. It has many other benefits too, including strengthening the core, toning the body & decreasing stress levels. Pilates also assists in helping to make us more aware of our physical habits (you know - that left shoulder that is up by your ear, or your right foot which always seems to wear down your shoes more quickly).
Everyone has their own physical idiosyncrasies - thats one of the things that makes us all unique, however it is still important to notice and address any postural problems that could cause long term issues. 'Good posture' or 'ideal posture' is something to work towards, and is an ongoing practise which requires mindfulness to achieve.
There are a handful or main posture types, each with their own characteristics and key imbalances - some of us may even fall into more than one category!
The main posture types are: Kyphosis, Lordosis, Flat Back, Sway Back, Scoliosis & of course the 'Ideal' Posture.
(I will be discussing posture types in more detail in forthcoming posts)
Each of the main Pilates movements can be used to great effect to remedy muscular imbalances & any discomfort you may be feeling (especially in the lower back). Working on a 1 to 1 basis is the best way to rectify problems, as a unique programme can be built for your posture and level if fitness. With regular practise you will see an improvement in alignment and often the benefit of pain relief.
Find out how Pilates can help you - contact me today for information about classes across London and Essex