Extension is a Major Key to Success in Pilates – Pro Post

It’s the beginning of a new year, and we bet that you’re looking to get into a healthy routine for 2017. Well, why not take up Pilates? We recently asked Bidvine Pilates instructors to share their knowledge with potential clients for a new series of pro posts! This first pro post comes from Bidvine pro Jenny Devonshire, a Pilates instructor based in London. In her pro post, Jenny gave us the details on why extension is a major key to success in Pilates.

If you want to learn more about improving your health and mood through Pilates, then this pro post is for you! Jenny will take us through the benefits of working on your extension and how it will affect your posture.

Without further ado, read on to learn about extension from a professional Pilates instructor!

Are you doing enough extension?

Think back bending if you’re not sure what this is. Exercises like breast stroke prep, breaststroke and swan dive in Pilates are all great examples of spinal extension.

With our modern lifestyles of office work, many of us sit hunched over our desks all day. Poor posture, backache and many other problems ensue. Then, even when some of us head to the gym to work out, we focus on pressing movements to build our chest or abdominal crunches with exasperated spinal flexion.

Although this may seem counter-intuitive, extension is actually great if you are suffering from disc problems, it is flexion that you should be avoiding. Working on extension is important for your posture, to alleviate back and neck problems but also to make you look better. Standing tall will instantly make you look slimmer by making you hold in your stomach more. Not only this it will also impact on your mood.

Our physiology affects our psychology

When we sit in a slumped position we feel lethargic and even causes a drop in our mood. When we stand tall and proud, we feel our confidence and energy levels increase.

Exercises that work on your scapular (shoulder blade) retractors, such as the trapezius rhomboids and latissimus dorsi will help with postural problems but also work some gentle spinal extension into your routine.

Extension is a Major Key to Success in Pilates - Pro PostJenny Devonshire, Pilates Instructor
Jennifer Devonshire The Mind & Body Coach
Bidvine Professional since 2016

We’d like to thank Jenny for kicking off our series of Pilates pro posts! We really enjoyed learning about extension and how it can improve our health and mind.

Jenny operates her business out of Battersea and offers her services in the surrounding area. In addition to Pilates training, Jenny offers personal training and nutrition counselling. She strives to provide a holistic approach to health and wellness for her clients.

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You can improve your mood and health by improving your extension through Pilates. Learn why extension is key in this pro post from a Pilates instructor!

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