Pain in the neck! (video included)
If you have experienced neck pain, you will know how disabling it can be.
We know that two thirds of us will experience neck pain at some point in our lives.
Did you know neck pain will affect women more than men, and is most common in middle age.
Signs and symptoms can include....
If you spend most of your day in front of your computer then you, like the millions of others may be suffering with poor posture caused by an excessively rounded upper back.
A rounder spine also has negative affects on your health.
Rounding your back puts pressure on the rib cage and organs.
Why is this a problem? (free video included)
Why do we do side lying exercises so much in our Pilates Classes.?
When lying on your side in Pilates, lifting your leg is fighting gravity, so in terms of "weight lifting", you're actually lifting the weight of your leg with your hip muscles.
These muscles are particularly weak, and often tight, on most individuals....and you'll know if that's you because you'll feel it working.!
It's really important to keep these muscles strong for stability and balance (they help you stand on one leg), and also for stability in your low back and spine.
Just as important as it is to strengthen those muscles, you want to stretch them too. A great stretch is sometimes called "figure 4".
This is an excellent stretch for sciatica.
Follow the link below to see this stretch...