Question: Is Pilates the Only Way I Can Learn to Align My Spine?
Pilates can seem like a regimented system of exercises. Some people like the structure it provides and will take to it as a duck would to water. Others, often those with injuries, pain or little experience with exercise, require a softer approach to learn about and establish their alignment.
There are a number of ways of becoming familiar with posture and alignment
that fit well with the Pilates system. Many of them are learning experiences that offer you the luxury of observing how your body moves and adapts to physical challenges. These systems make excellent adjuncts to a Pilates practice, especially if you are working within the confines of a back or neck problem. In some cases, one or more of these programs may be all you need to access and develop your core strength
. Other times, they compliment the more structured and challenging Pilates workout.
Generally, the common denominator shared by postural development programs is a focus on becoming aware of how you move, and unlearning habits that may have hindered you and/or caused pain. Once you unlearn inefficient habits, the body's natural musculoskeletal balance takes the place of tension, resulting in a more free and easy way to sit, stand, walk, run and do Pilates.