Why I Love Pilates for Posture

My posture 13 years ago was abysmal. I didn’t notice at first how bad it had got until I couldn’t reach our over head cupboards….

My husband and I are both tall so our cups are in the cupboard over our fridge. It was gradually getting harder to reach into that cupboard but I didn’t really notice ( or pay too much attention to it!) until one day it dawned on me.

My posture had gotten SO bad that I could no longer get my arm to fully extend up!

Hilarious really. As a physio I should know better. Sometime we just don’t ‘see’ the wood for the trees.

After 15 years in the business, all day spend leaning over a bed to treat people, a new baby demanding attention and  I suddenly found myself looking like the hunch back  of Notre Dame.

Only it wasn’t ‘all of a sudden’ at all. The signs had been there. I just ignored them.

It was only really the physical limitation of realising I couldn’t reach the cupboard and that was affecting me lifestyle wise that I actually cottoned on….

I did FEEL old and crumpled, but I had put that down to having anew born.

I did have some arm pain – bit had put that down to having to carry a new baby around and nursing.

I did have poor posture but had just had a bub and thought everything was weak anyway.

So I had my myriad of excuses up to the eyeballs.

HOWEVER –

Reaching the cupboards was necessary – I needed my coffee in the morning!

Around the same time – I was shopping pushing the pram and caught  sight of some poor woman in the shopping mall. She was headed towards me and I was looking  at here thinking – OMG – she really needs to come and see me – her posture is terrible and she looks 90, maybe I should give her my card…..

She got closer, she was pushing a pram too…. until I realised – I was looking at myself in a shop window – the reflection had been me all along. My posture was SOO bad…. 🙁

That was that. That on top of the cupboard incident was enough to wake me up and get real about what state my body was now in.

If I as a physio had poor posture – WHO would then listen to me?

For me – I didn’t really have the major aches and pains that I could say were debilitating.

What I did have when I sat down and analysed it were a whole heap of areas that needed work and fast…

  • a weak core and tummy
  • weak back muscles
  • a ‘crumpled’ posture
  • a ‘hunchback’ appearance
  • weak glutes
  • tight pecs
  • forward head and rounded shoulders
  • feeling ‘compressed and crumpled’

These all added up to a feeling of ‘being loaded’, ‘feeling like the world was on your shoulders’, ‘ feeling old’, ‘lacking confidence’ and of course over whelmed and wondering how it all happened.

Truth is – that’s the deal – we know something’s not quite right but we make excuses for it until one day we find we can’t do what we want to – whether its just a restriction or pain, or we get a wake up call ( shop window reflection)

The road to that point is gradual.

For me it was years spend treating in a flexed posture, exacerbated by anew baby and doing everything again in that flexed posture.

For people these days our lives are ‘small’ – we sit to work, sit to drive and travel, everything is aimed at convenience and we spend our lives in generally ‘poor postures’ in front of screens.

Pilates has been my saviour.

I side lined  to add that service on for a few reasons:

  1. I needed a way to manage clients that creating lasting results so when we treated and managed them they had a way and means of being able to maintain that if they wanted to
  2. people need to be self accountable. you need a way to stay better yourself and become sefl reliant – pilates gives you that
  3. I was sick of the way most private practices ran – which was lets get them better and give them exercises for home work -with Pilates we work WITH YOU so you can see and feel the change and reap the ongoing benefits.
  4. the life span of a physio treating is on average 7 years – there’s not many around, and those over 15 years I believe is around 10% of the workforce – treating all day means bad thumbs and hands – so now 25 + years on I can still give great results and management – but am not ‘hands on treating’ all day everyday
  5. Pilates works – it really does.

So if you have ‘issues’ recognise them and get them sorted.

You don’t need to know what to do – just what you want to achieve.

The how to is OUR job – the want to is YOUR job.

We’d love to help you.

 

Pilates – SEE the difference in your body after 20 sessions…

 

 

 

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About Saree Hewlett (100 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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