Pilates is a journey of reconnecting with your body and developing body awareness.

When I am teaching Pilates I place great emphasis on posture, and do not shy away from reinforcing postural cues. I am very liberal when reinforcing cues especially to those that need it most. IE “Lift your chin up, lift your chin up, lift your chin up!” You know who you are, and believe me it is never personal!

This is not because I am picking on people; in fact I am placing extra energy in facilitating their journey in reconnecting with their body. Another catch phrase that I don’t shy away from is “your not in the office, get out of that forward head carriage.” The reason I am deliberately repetitive with my postural cueing and even link postural faults to its poor ergonomic roots, is to not only address posture in the class, but to have it carry over into daily life.

If you are someone that works at a desk then it is excellent that you have chosen Pilates as part of your weekly exercise regime. It’s the office where we lose the connection with our body where we sit for hours and stare at screens with rounded shoulders, a forward head carriage and loss of the normal curves of the spine. These habits carry over into our Pilates classes where my job as an instructor is to pick you up on it.

Every now and then when I ask someone to adjust they respond with: ‘that is just how my posture is.’ I always respond to this by informing them that most postural faults have been developed over time and it will take time to improve them. This chipping away at poor habits should only begin in the Pilates studio and then carry over to when your sitting at the desk, or whatever your occupation.

When you are sitting or standing in you profession I am hoping that my repetition helps to reinforce those postural cues. The cues are relative to all postural orientation whether you are sitting, standing, walking or driving. Recognition of the faults is the first stage of developing postural awareness and reforming your posture. Even as you are reading this check in with your posture: lift your chin, ribs in, shoulder blades back and belly button in.

If you have any questions about posture or what a forward carriage is feel free to shoot me an email on [email protected]

See you on the reformer,

Duncan Ragheb