Don’t Ignore Pilates to Help Proper Walking Techniques.
By Myra Green
Myra Green is Stott Pilates certified in Mat,
Reformer, and small apparatus including the spine
corrector, cadillac, stability chair, ladder and arc
barrel. She also trained in anatomy and working with
people with injuries and health issues. Pilates is a
way to positively alter your body and build abdominal
strength as well as capitalizing on the mind body
connection to reduce stress. Myra made the career
change from social work to teaching Pilates full time
when she saw the dramatic changes Pilates can make
to your body, emotions and energy.
Good posture is more than appearance and is necessary especially when walking. Posture
is dynamic, fluid and changes with movement and standing. Muscle imbalances can be
caused by genetics, a medical issue such as scoliosis, stress, an injury, or activities of
daily living, lifting heavy loads or sitting at a computer all day. Additionally, poor
posture may lead to increased risk of injury, fatigue, difficulty breathing and diminished
While building core stabilization, Pilates exercises stretch, strengthen and tone the body.
In addition, it increases flexibility, coordination and balance; and promises better posture.
When the body is in alignment and bones are in the right place, you work effortlessly,
move more efficiently and breathe more deeply. Strong abdominal muscles are key to
good posture; they support your spine and pelvis. Pilates builds muscle strength equally
in opposing muscles while stretching muscles of the back, abdomen, hips and
When training your client and they want to add walking to their regime,
postural analysis will highlight areas of weakness and imbalance, and
provide a baseline for measuring progress. Individualized workouts can be
designed based on the results of this simple review to restore symmetry and
balance, and keep clients motivated.
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