- Begins to change the balance between the strength and flexibility of the musculature of the body.
- Promotes postural re-education.
- Encourages a balanced position of the pelvis, which readies the posture muscles for productive therapeutic work.
- Ignites and strengthens the core abdominals for controlling pelvic tilt. 1 The supported bridge pose takes the challenge of the pelvic tilt into space, introducing new variables for the core muscles to resolve via strength and stretch.
- Strengthens low back muscles.
- Helps to release unnecessary muscle tension, for example, in certain muscles of the the shoulders and through the front of the body.
- Uses both front and back body muscles to stabilize the trunk.
- Develops an awareness of the body in space.
1 Kisner, Carolyn, M.S. P.T. and Colby, Lynn Allen, M.S. P.T. Therapeutic Exercise Foundations and Techniques. 4th ed. 2002. F.A. Davis Company. Philadelphia, PA. p 672.