Christy’s PowerPilates- Pilates Principle #3 Alignment

What is alignment?

Alignment has everything to do with posture. Due to modern day living, most peoples’ spines are not in an ”ideal postural alignment”. Jobs these days require a great deal of sitting starring at computers and long driving commutes, only to come home to sit some more. Whether it be watching T. V, playing video games eating dinner or spending more time on the computer. Our bodies were not designed for this type of abuse.

How is your life affecting your alignment?

Improper alignment doesn’t just apply to jobs but modern day technology as well. Next time you are at the computer or on your phone, take note of how your spine is positioned. Is it rounded? Is your neck shearing forward or rounding down? Are your shoulders rounding in towards each other? Are you favoring one side of the body versus the other? All these factors cause a great deal of pain. When our spine isn’t aligned it causes stress not only on the muscles and joints but the organs as well. Think about it. If your spine is rounding forward, your upper body is collapsed on to your lower body. This causes low back pain, crushing of the organs making digestion complicated.

What is the proper alignment?

When you are sitting, think of elongating the spine , lifting the chest up and pulling the belly button up and in towards the spine. Aligning your spine and using your CORE allows the shoulders to relax and the head and neck to move more freely. It also relieves the stress of the hips, legs and feet. This is all due to taking that pressure out of the lower back and making the CORE and spine a solid unit.

 

seated posture

What are the benefits of good alignment?

  • Improves muscle function
  • Increases range of motion
  • Improves circulation
  • Offers a trimmer appearance
  • Takes pressure off compressed organs
  • Helps the body to move efficientlyPilates Posture

How to stand in proper alignment?

  • Stand up straight feet hip width apart
  • Distribute weight evenly
  • Pull CORE up and in/pelvic floor lifted
  • Drop tailbone down to the ground
  • Close ribs as if wearing a corset
  • Lift chest up
  • Shoulders pulling down and back towards each other
  • Head and neck long/tuck chin as if holding a peachstanding posture
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