Mel Collie | Check your own posture

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Mel Collie | Check your own posture

This very simple exercise to help you check your spine, ribs, shoulders and pelvis is the bird dog or the Superman, its known as both of these, and can be made really hard if you put a wooden dowelling rod on your back so it touches the back of your head, the middle of your back (bra line for girls, heart line for guys)and the sacrum and tailbone. The only gaps are at the neck and the lower back.
As you move you keep the post on this line, you will realise if your hips move, the post will fall off…so focus and connect traction on how you move and what is moving will be highlighted.
Don’t forget to breathe and smile, your face tells a story of what you are doing to your brain.
Visualise that you are lengthening your spine through your fingers and toes as you lift them and reach.
Its not how high you are going with the limbs, but what you use to get there, so start small before you jump in and think you can do the whole thing and have to start agin. When you train with bad posture, your brain remembers this and will repeat it, so start as you mean to go on.

Mel Collie
Pilates & Level 4 Kinetic Chain Assessor
www.melcollie.com
www.posturegeek.co.uk