We are only half way through August and I am already thinking ahead to October, when my new Reformer classes will start. Yikkes! There is loads to do and think about and I must admit that I am often forgetting to be present. To be in the Now.
Do you forget to remember the Now?
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.”
― Ekhart Tolle: The Power of Now
I have been on holiday open and free, but now I am hunched over my computer in overwhelm and I can already feel my shoulders closing in.
Hunching and rolling our shoulders foward is so habitual for a lot of us.
The more time we spend in front of the computer, tablets and phones and the more we are sitting in the office, or whenever our work entails slumping, the muscles on the upper back weaken. They become elongated, and the muscles on the pectorals become shortened and tightened, pulling us forward so our upper back, if not kept in check, gradually curves over. Also, everyday tension and stress manifests in the back and shoulders, so they travel up to our ears creating a super stressed upper back.
Reformer Pilates Classes can help with this as we strengthen the muscles on our upper back to pull us ever so lovingly back into alignment.
In the meantime, keep the shoulders back and down, head held high, open the chest. Walk tall my friend.... (and get a comfortable handbag)... This helps confidence as well (walking talk, not the handbag haha)
How is your upper back? Do you default to slouch? Do you spend hours in front of the computer? Here is a short video focused on the upper back muscles. Strengthening the muscles on your upper back, and lengthening the muscles in your chest, we can slowly train the spine into more natural curves and so the posture improves.
Go on..put your back into it, and give this little set a whirl for an upright posture..