Six Ways Pilates Can Improve Your Posture
with Huda Osman, Pilates Mat & Reformer Instructor at Bodytree
Amazing posture is more than just looking incredible and increasing your confidence. A good posture can have health benefits such as; decreased back pain, less headaches, increased basic mobility and flexibility, increased lung capacity and blood circulation. Proper alignment in your body will also will give you balance and coordination in workouts, so you can be active while staying safe and getting the most out of all your hard work.
A proven method of improving posture is Pilates.
Here are 6 ways you can start improving your posture with Pilates, today.
Learn to focus on your mind-body connection. Move consciously in your exercises and your basic daily movement. The more aware and deliberate you are of your movement, the more benefits you will see.
Strengthening your core muscles safely will support your spine and stabilize your body in every movement. Note that the core is more than just a perfect “6 pack”; the core has three-dimensional depth and includes hidden/important muscles like transverse abdominals, multifidus, diaphragm, pelvic floor. Pilates is a holistic method that trains and strengthens the whole core.
Move slowly. Focus on the muscles you are using and always look for quality over quantity in movement.
Breathing correctly and consciously can activate certain muscles, help you focus, and help you to relax and decrease stress. Deep exhalations performed in Pilates can be applied to your daily life to activate your core muscles.
5. Be Precise
Proper alignment is of utmost importance when performing any movement to get the highest benefit and avoid injury. Do exercises by following professional instructions and modify according to your specific needs and body type.
Every movement you make should be smooth. Avoid sudden sudden abrupt movements.
Concentration, Centring, Control, Breathing, Precision and Flow are the principles of Pilates and when done with proper guidance of a professional, they can make a dramatic impact on your posture and lifestyle.
Remember: You have authority and ownership of your body. The more knowledge and understanding you have of your musculoskeletal system, the more longterm health benefits you’ll receive from your new and improved posture!
To book a private Pilates session with Huda or to inquire about starting your Pilates journey at Bodytree, please email info@ bodytreestudio.com.