Polestar Pilates Teacher Training: The Principles Part 4 of 6
Over the past few weeks this blog has been has been explaining the basics of The Polestar Pilates principles that underscore all of the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training. We have talked about the importance of Breath, axial length and control, and spine articulation. Now we shall move on to the fourth principle, which is organization of the Head Neck and Shoulders.
Imagine all of the electronic devices in your life. When you use them what is the alignment of your head neck and shoulders like? Are your shoulders wide on your back? Is your head floating above your rib cage? Is your neck as long as possible? NO?? Really, you don’t say. The technological revolution has put information at our fingertips, empowered the populace, and made our lives easier in so many ways, but it has also made Pilates all the more necessary for every human being. We all need to understand the organization of our Head, Neck, and Shoulders so that we only experience the benefits of technology and not the downsides.
The good news: Becoming a Pilates Instructor is all the more important, because in the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training, the understanding of efficient organization of the head neck and shoulders is discussed. Future Pilates Instructors learn how to cue ease and grace through the upper body so that shoulder blades are talking with the ribcage and the head of the humerus is deep inside the shoulder socket. This allows the most expressive and communicative parts of our body to move freely without discomfort.
Try this: sit tall in your chair and take a breath filling your ribcage. The full rib cage will allow the shoulder blades to glide along the width of your ribcage as you allow your arms to rise over your head. Now move your arms out to the side. How do your shoulder blades move? Are they staying wide on your back, or do they squeeze together. The first step in changing Head Neck and Shoulder organization is understanding how things are organizing themselves in the first place. Once you are aware of what you are doing, then you can change anything.
Ease and freedom of the upper body is something we take for granted until we don’t have it. When I am teaching the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training, I love how bright their eyes are when they tell me stories of clients who back out of their driveways pain free or get their suitcase in the overhead compartment without help, or start playing tennis again. All of these folks who are working hard to become Pilates instructors are getting their first taste of what it is to change someone’s life and it’s all thanks to the Polestar Pilates Principles.