Good Pilates posture is vital! Having bad posture will prevent your body from functioning efficiently, and it will also undermine your balance and coordination. The danger is that if you develop a habit of having bad posture, your body will accept it as normal and will learn to suffer any associated aches and pains. So It’s necessary to correct every Pilates posses as soon as you’ve learnt new one!
Pilates encourages students to target the muscles that protect and support their spine. Because Pilates involves stretches and exercises that work to strengthen all the essential parts of your core, when you perform exercises that target your core muscles, you’re also going to strengthen your back and gain spinal stability and mobility. This means less back pain, especially in your lower back, which would typically prevent you from fully enjoying all kinds of activities, but with help from Pilates, you’ll gain more control over your ability to perform everyday Pilates movements.
An ideal Pilates posture will have all the joints in a neutral position so that they are without stress. The joint will follow the natural alignment of the bones. A neutral position will reduce wear on the joints, promote balance, and keep the muscles around the joints in correct alignment. This in turn allows the internal organs to feel comfortable and function efficiently. It is important that you establish a neutral position before you start each Pilates exercise.
Complications Of Poor Posture
Poor posture can lead to many adverse symptoms, which include:
• Neck and shoulder tension
• Impaired balance and coordination
• Muscular weakness
• Poor circulation
• Tension and stress
• Digestive problems
• Aching and painful joints
Correcting Poor Posture By Pilates
There are the three main types of problematic posture:
- kyphosis (rounding of the shoulders or hunching).
It is also possible to have a combination of these postures in your Pilates Style. Poor posture can be corrected, but it will take time and patience. As well as realignment exercises, you will need to give your body time to adjust to a different position. Some bad postures can be corrected surprisingly quickly while others need more time to fix.
Sway-back posture, often called the slouch position, is common among teenagers.
The lordotic posture is characterized by an increased curve in the lower part of the spine.
With an ideal posture, gravity is evenly distributed and all joints are in their neutral position.
The Plumb line Test
Assess your posture in front of a full-length mirror, wearing just your underwear. Stand in profile, and turn your head to the mirror. Imagine a plumb-line hanging from your ear and look at the joints that the line runs through. With a healthy posture, the line should run through the ear lobe, the center of the neck, the tip of the shoulder, the center of the ribcage, slightly behind the hip joint, the center of the knee joint, and just in front of the anklebone.