18 Jun Posture – why is it so important?
Postural improvements are a key benefit of Pilates but ever wondered why posture is just so important?
Posture is how we sit, stand and move, with good posture the body is well balanced and aligned, allowing you to stand tall and proud. On the flip side, poor posture may cause long-term damage to your body.
Many habits of daily life such as typing away at your desk, gazing at your mobile, or even sports such as cycling can impact on your posture. All these examples can impact on the posture of your upper body, causing your shoulders to slump forward, the muscles in your upper back and neck strain, overstretch and overwork. In this situation your chest muscles (pecs) shorten, the small, yet important muscles, between the shoulder blades weaken, and the back muscles stretch and strengthen.
These changes can lead to incorrect muscle recruitment as you become over reliant on strong chest muscles, causing aches and pains in your upper back and neck and increasing changes in your posture.
Unfortunately the body can adapt so poor posture feels normal and might continue to move further from the ideal alignment. Meaning when you try to correct your posture it can be uncomfortable and difficult to maintain the position for long.
This is where Pilates comes in; good posture comes from strong core, stabilising muscles and understanding your body and alignment. Pilates ability to work muscles in isolation is also beneficial allow the muscles that have been affected by postural habits to be released, for example the pecs with a chest opening stretch while strengthening the mid back area and muscles that have been weakened.
If you are concerned about your posture or interested in finding out more about how Pilates could help why not get in touch and arrange to come for a free 30 minute consultation at our studio?