Shopping can be a chore at the best of times, and carrying heavy bags can cause back problems, so why not try and turn it into a useful opportunity to improve your posture!
Shopping today with a loaded trolley I became aware of my posture and decided to take action. Firstly, to improve my upper body posture I shifted my hands to each end of the handle on the trolley and pushed up gently to encourage the chest to broaden and lift. Then, when ready to pay, I stood patiently doing some foot pedalling, trying to keep the hips still whilst I lifted my heels. Secret pilates I call it, but it is something anyone can do. Further to many requests from clients who say they want to practice at home, and do secret pilates, I have now loaded a series of basic exercises on to the website. These are all fundamental exercises, but they are aimed at my existing clients with a solid understanding of core stability, lateral breathing and good Pilates alignment. If you are not familiar with these then please contact me before attempting the exercises exhibited on the website.
It is great to know that I am helping clients understand their bodies better and that they are wanting to take Pilates home into and bring it into their everyday lives. Body awareness is a key part of progression in the Pilates discipline and it is important to be working at all times to improve out posture and improve our alignment. This way we can reduce our risk of injury, stand tall and be strong. So next time you see someone doing The Dumb Waiter at the checkout here on the Island, no doubt it will be me, or one of my clients!!
As Pilates said himself “To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our ability.”
“Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.”
Please note , the aim is to eventually get some video footage up as well, so clients can be reminded of some of the more complex exercises so please bear with me.
Visit my Exercises page to get more information.
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