I’m always trying to turn my friends and family onto Yoga and Pilates. I want to share what I love about both of these types of movements with the ones I care about. The number one thing I hear back from friends is “What I can I do to alleviate low back pain?” or “What exercises will help with my back stiffness and pain?” My answer of course is always “Yoga and Pilates!”
In fact the number one reason or complaint that people have when beginning a Yoga/Pilates practice is stiffness in the low back, and often accompanied with low back pain. One of the major causes of lower back pain is lack of flexibility in the spine; as some areas become stiff or immobile. The demands of modern life mean that we spend far too much time in a flexed-forward position (such as sitting at computer desks all day).
Joseph Pilates said:
“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”
Both Yoga and Pilates help to restore a more natural range of movement to your spine, and unload some of the strain that today’s sedentary lifestyles place on it. By working on spinal mobility and restoring natural movement patterns you can lengthen and strengthen your spine, gaining better posture and back health.
So due to requests from several friends this week I have created two videos that focus on Back Health and Spinal Mobility. Now I believe that pretty much all of Pilates will help with spinal mobility, but I created a short video that can be done anywhere and anytime you have just a few minutes. I do suggest a regular practice with a certified teacher though to see the greatest benefits.
The first video below is “Pilates for Bach Health and Spinal Mobility”. The second video which I will post later this week is some other (non -Pilates) Yoga based exercises you can do to help increase spinal mobility and flexibility.
And don’t forget we are in the second week of the Pilates Every Damn Day Challenge, and there is still time to join us!