A postural analysis is necessary when starting Pilates to enable Pilates Instructors to create an exercise program which caters for your needs. These may include injuries, muscular imbalances, weakness, poor posture, lack of range of movement or other physical goals that have brought you to beginning your journey with us.
Findings in our postural analysis inform the design and implementation of your program in combination with your perspective and goals as to what you would like to achieve from your Pilates classes.
It is surprising the detail of information which can be gathered from the trained eye through observation of one’s physical structure. No individual is symmetrical, therefore our unique deviations from “neutral” alignment are critical in understanding how we move and ways we may be compensating and in turn placing unnecessary load on other structures in the body. These compensations may be the cause of current or future injury or result of previous injury. Therefore, our tailored programs not only treat but prevent injury, increase functional capacity and quality of life.
How Is A Postural Analysis Performed?
A postural analysis involves observing your posture from the front, side and behind. We particularly look at the spinal curves, ribcage and pelvic alignment. Lower limb and foot alignment is observed to see whether the distribution of weight is aligned through the centre of the hip, knee and ankle joints or deviates which places greater load on the joint structures and requires more muscular tension. We also observe the way your shoulder blades are positioned and arms hang (usually asymmetrical depending on your dominant side). The way you hold your head whether neutral or with a forward or retracted head posture, shifted laterally or strained by muscle bulk/lack. We also observe muscular development and whether one side is built more than the other, again indicating imbalance and less than optimal functional movement patterns.
We gather this information and structure exercises that address your imbalances and deviations from the optimal posture which our skeletal system is designed to balance. Our bodies are tensegrity structures, whereby optimal joint alignment and muscular balance allows for the greatest functional movement capacity with minimum effort. Therefore, our aim is to use specific exercises to improve and enhance your functional ability through strength, flexibility, and coordination.
Please feel free to ask your Pilates Instructor for any further information or queries.