Pilates is hands down the best way to correct faulty movement patterns and develop beautiful posture. What makes Pilates so important with respect to posture is the fact that by strengthening the core muscles we begin to naturally lift the ribcage away from the abdomen. As the core muscles are developed, strong and lifted our internal organs are no longer compressed as this also creates length in the spine. Many people think of pushing their shoulders back to correct their posture, however this creates tightness in the neck and shoulders and ultimately doesn’t correct the problem.
Using the deep core muscles of the powerhouse—the abdominals, back, and pelvic floor—to support our posture allows the shoulders to relax, the neck and head to move freely, and relieves stress on the hips, legs, and feet. Not only is posture important for good health as well as dramatically improving our appearance as there is a noticeable slimming effect in play, but great posture is a communication to others. Often we associate terrific posture with poise, grace, confidence and success. So now might be a good time to think about what you may be communicating through your posture.
Benefits of Good Posture
• pain relief throughout the body, including back and neck pain, hip pain, leg and foot pain.
• Improved movement patterns in the body
• Strengthens muscles with elongated at the same time
• increases range of motion
• healthier to our internal organs that do not experience compression from slouching
• improves circulation
• youthful and trim appearance
Maybe you haven’t given it much thought until you are wearing a backless dress or tank top in which you notice you have begun to round your shoulders and it doesn’t feel comfortable to straighten the body without discomfort….Here are some exercises to address posture.
Pilates MAT Exercises to Support Good Posture
1. Finding Neutral Spine
2. Pelvic Curl
3. Pilates Plank Pose
4. Roll Up
REFORMER/TOWER EXERCISES FOR BEAUTIFUL POSTURE
Chest Expansion on Tower