Tension in the neck and shoulders is one of the most common health complaints.We tend to sit at a computer for hours at a time. Even at the most ergonomic workstation, overtaxing the neck and shoulder muscles is almost impossible to avoid. Being so sedentary isn’t natural, and it’s really straining on your shoulder muscles to hold your arms in front of you for hours at a time as you type. Pilates exercises can help you relax those muscles.
Do you sit at a desk and stare straight ahead? Unfortunately, many people do, and they find it very difficult to sit up with proper posture for eight hours at a time. It becomes a vicious cycle: First you sit for long periods of time in a way that doesn’t properly support the spine (generally, in a slightly hunched over position). Then you lose strength in your postural muscles by not using them day after day, and then you can’t sit up properly even if you wanted to because you’ve lost strength!
Most of the Pilates mat exercises strengthen the muscles necessary to properly support the spine and bring an awareness about what proper posture actually is. It’s not enough just to do Pilates exercises; if you want to improve your posture and heal your neck pain, you must incorporate Pilates into your daily life. You must translate the Neutral Spine, the feeling of length and the Abdominal Scoop into your desk job. If you can incorporate the deeper Pilates concepts into your daily life, you’ll notice changes immediately — in your neck pain, in your posture and in your sense of wellbeing.