Let’s focus on one of the Basic Principles of Pilates!
SHOULDER AND SCAPULAR STABILIZATION
STABILIZING THE SCAPULAE:
- For better posture
- To prevent over-use of muscles around the neck and shoulders
- A sense of stability, not rigidity, should always be maintained
- Maintain a sense of width across the chest
- The scapulae should lie flat on the rib cage
- The scapulae should be in a neutral position – not overly forward or squeezed completely together
EXPERIMENTING WITH SCAPULAR STABILIZATION
- Gently slide shoulder blades back and down. This should feel like you are tucking them down towards your back pockets.
- Do not overly retract causing your ribs to pop-out in front or your back to arch. Just gently slide your shoulder blades on your ribcage. Feel the widening across your chest.
- Release, bringing the scapulae back to neutral.
Written by Autumn Dawson
Information generated from Merrithew Corporation (STOTT PILATES parent company)