There’s no denying that over time with the frequent use of vehicles, computers, tablets, smart phones etc. it is becoming increasingly rare for us human beings to have correct posture. In todays society, so many of us spend countless hours per day hunched over our screens and devices whether we are at home, in the office, at school, in the car or even on a plane. The fact of the matter is, it’s rapidly becoming more and more of any issue for our individual health and well being.
A question we regularly hear is “Can you really achieve perfect posture with Pilates?” Our short and sweet answer to this is, “Yes, you really can!”.
If you’re interested in finding out more on how Pilates can help to improve your posture and the overall importance of having good posture, then we urge you keep on reading!
First Things First… Why Should We Strive for Good Posture?
Let’s be honest, I think most of us would LOVE to have a figure that exemplifies that of a tall, slim, lean model or even a dancer… right?
Whilst we may not be able to promise that Pilates will magically turn you into either of these things… we can promise that with regular, persistent practice you can achieve a longer, leaner, stronger physique and in turn, the perfect posture.
You’re probably thinking “Yeah yeah, so Pilates can help me get into shape and straighten me out but, why exactly is it important to have correct posture in the first place?” Well… that’s a very valid question and we’re about to answer it for you.
It really is quite simple. Having good posture promotes the following health benefits:
- It lengthens the body and elongates the spine
- Provides you full range of motion and movement
- Permits you to move freely and efficiently
- Improves your blood flow circulation
- It takes undesirable pressure off your vital organs and joints
- Allows for healthier digestion
- Increases muscle functionality
- Lets you breathe deeper
- Promotes a slimmer physical appearance
- Can improve your overall confidence and positivity
Aside from relieving unwanted pressure and stress from your organs, joints and other body parts, as you can see listed above, there are SO many reasons as to why it’s vital to look after your posture for the long haul.
Even if just for the singular purpose of looking and feeling your best!
How Does Pilates Support Good Posture?
Once you have become consciously aware that your posture is in need of some adjustment, taking to Pilates is an excellent starting point for anyone.
When it comes to the Pilates practice, the number one principle that is deeply rooted in every single exercise is the focus on using your core muscles. In Pilates terminology this is referred to as your “power house”. If you’re unsure, the power house area includes your abdominals, back, obliques and pelvic floor region.
By working to properly activate the power house throughout every exercise, over time your entire core will tighten and strengthen. This will allow you to effectively use these muscles to support your body as opposed to plunking all of your weight into your shoulders and neck.
Another amazing way in which Pilates supports the objective towards perfect posture is through a fundamental breathing technique, aka “Diaphragmatic Breathing”. Much like activating your power house muscles, a proper breathing method is also a foundation of the Pilates practice.
As having good posture promotes the ability to breathe deeper and more seamlessly, it makes sense that in order to achieve this one must first create the habit of breathing correctly. Therefore, each Pilates exercise requires you to coordinate your movements with controlled breathing.
You must firstly take a deep inhale from the bottom of your diaphragm, pull your belly button in and down towards your spine and hold the power house there whilst continuing to exhale in a slow and steady manner. This may sound a bit difficult to master at first but as they say… practice makes perfect 🙂
Trust us when we say that if performed correctly, ALL Pilates exercises can and will help to straighten out your troublesome posture.
Invest in Your Posture – Give Pilates a Go
All in all, by making the effort to correct your posture sooner rather than later, your entire body will thank you. Not only will you feel healthier and more comfortable in your own skin but, you’ll be looking fantastic too. Through aligning your posture, you also prevent countless other problems such as back pain, neck pain, sore and clicking joints, muscle tension, injuries and headaches to name a few.
It all starts by taking note on how you tend to carry your body throughout the day and if you feel that you need some posture readjusting then we highly recommend trying Pilates today!
You won’t regret it 🙂
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Kiara – Site Founder
My Pilates Collective