Practicing Pilates regularly really does help to raise awareness of the way you move and applying the things you learn in class to everyday activity makes a big difference if you want to see improvement.
Follow these steps to begin your practice :
- Rock slightly from your heels to the balls of your feet and back again and find a the balance point where there is equal weight bearing between your big toe, little toe and heel.
- Soften your knees slightly.
- Tilt your pelvis forward so your tailbone moves out behind you, then tuck it under to flatten your back. Move your tailbone to the middle of these two positions and hold it there.
- Lengthen through your spine, imagining the crown of your head being pulled up by an invisible cord.
- Slide your shoulder blades down your back.
- Breathe in to lengthen your spine and stand tall. Breathe out to gently tighten your lower tummy muscles, drawing them away from the line of your trousers.
The more frequently you practice, the natural this posture will feel as your body develops its ‘muscle memory’.
Strengthening the muscles that support your pelvis and spine will help you to maintain this position. Click on this link for a great exercise I recommend to strengthen your upper back, shoulders and neck: