|Pilates and the Spine|
The spine supports the weight of the body and has a natural S shape that absorbs shock and enables it to move freely. Our lifestyle often involves long periods of sitting in front of a desk/ computer screen/ television. This encourages the spine to move out of its natural shape and often causes pain in the back, neck or shoulders.
To regain the natural curvature of the spine and alleviate pain we need to strengthen certain muscles known as the core stabilising muscles. Unlike the superficial muscles, the postural muscles can initially be difficult to locate and activate. However, once they have been strengthened, Pilates exercises can become more complex. Balance, movement and resistance are added to challenge and improve the core strength, and to tone and lengthen other muscles.