In Pilates, we pay a lot of attention to our alignment. We usually think of our alignment as our posture, but good posture is a dynamic process, dependent on the body’s ability to align its parts to respond to varying demands effectively. When we have poor posture, uneven stresses on the skeleton, especially the spine, are the result. Good posture that goes beyond the look of being aligned requires core strength. Having core strength means that all of the muscles of the trunk of your body are strong, flexible, and working together to support and stabilize the spine.
Pilates exercises create uniform muscle use and development, allowing movement to flow through the body in a natural way. Practicing Pilates increases the awareness of the proper placement of the spine and pelvis. It also creates the inner strength to support the natural curves of the spine. Having a healthy spine will assist you on your road to optimal health!