Today’s video is the first of three where we’re going to help set you up for alignment success with exercises that require you to lie down.
In this video you’ll also see one of my favorite props in action: the posture pillow.
We use posture pillows every day in the studio, but I’ve noticed there are lots of questions and confusion about their value. I’ll clear all that up today and show you how you can even use this prop yourself at home.
Don’t worry though, even if you don’t have a posture pillow, you can still get the benefits of this setup by folding a bed pillow in half or using blankets. I’ll show you how in the video.
Sometimes people don’t want to use the pillow because they’re afraid it’s going to make their exercises too easy and they really want to feel the work and “burn” when they exercise.
One client even came right out and said she didn’t want to “baby down” her sessions. But, once she understood the purpose of the pillow and tried using it, she was thrilled to feel the new mind/body connections she had never experienced.
If your ribs are flaring, or your pelvis is tucked, or tilted when you exercise, you’re going to have a more difficult time accessing your deep core connections and you’ll end up just recruiting more external muscles, like your external obliques.
When this happens, you actually end up training poor posture patterns deeper into your body and that’s the exact opposite reason you’re taking a Pilates class!
The posture pillow helps you go deeper into your body because it allows your sternum to drop and the bottom ring of your ribs to align with your pelvis. This allows your core musculature to activate with ease.
As you practice feeling this new alignment, you’ll also be training new neural pathways in your brain, which is a key to lasting results.
Check out the video and give it a try. I’d love to hear how it goes in the comments below.
See you in the studio,