Most back pain is due to faulty posture, the posture in which you probably spend most of your days, contributes to weak abdominal and spinal muscles.
Not only do most of the Pilates exercises strengthen the muscles necessary to properly support the spine, the movements bring an awareness about what proper posture actually is. To see a change in your posture and to heal your back pain, it's neccessary to incorporate the Pilates Principles into your daily life. Lengthening the spine and holding neutral spine and pelvis while you stand in line at the grocery store, sit straight up on your sit bones, spine long with the abs engaged (not sucked in for dear life but not hanging over your waistband, thank you very much), when at your desk or in the car. If you can incorporate the deeper Pilates concepts into your daily life, you'll notice changes immediately - in your back pain, in your posture, and ultimately, in Joseph's words "live your life with spontaneous zest and pleasure". After all, isn't that what being healthy and fit is about?
“We retire too early and we die too young, our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.”
“To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our ability.”
I love Joseph’s quotes. I especially appreciate his thoughts about developing our body, mind, and spirit. –Pilates is so much more than just exercise for our muscles!
I plan on LIVING until I die.
Pilates is about concentration and control in the execution of movement. In every movement you make in Pilates, your powerhouse is engaged, which is why most people who practice this form of exercise have a well developed
core. When the core is strong, force is placed on the part of the body that is supposed to support us. We don't wear out our hips and knees when we use our powerhouse to balance our bodies.