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Daily Posture Check-Ins: When and How to Reset – Katie’s Teaching Tip

written by Katie Huddleston, Pure Pilates Instructor

We are all guilty of slouching ( yes, even Pilates instructors!), especially if we are in one position for a long time. Long car rides, long zoom meetings, even binge-watching our favorite Netflix series.

Here are a couple of things to help remind you to check in on that posture you work so hard on in Pilates class.

At your computer:

Consider sitting in a high-back chair where you can rest your shoulders up against the back corners. Think of moving the roof of your mouth over your throat to move and align your head back. Also, you can raise your computer up with a few stacked books, this naturally brings your gaze up to realign your spine.

In the car:

On short rides, check in with yourself at stop lights or stop signs. See what it feels like to actually press the back of your head against the headrest! You will find that your shoulders naturally have to widen and you will sit taller. On longer trips, it’s good to check in as well, especially since the hunch can get worse and worse as you “sink” into the trip. Even consider doing a few shoulder rolls every so often and neck stretches to loosen yourself up.

Last but not least…Looking at your phone:

Big one! Consider lifting your phone up to chin level to type that next text message. Our chins are continuously jutting out and forward. Place your finger tip on your chin and see what it feels like to press your chin straight back towards the wall behind you. Might feel weird at first, but I promise you your spine ( and your Pilates instructor) will thank you later!

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