Posture. Not just a big person problem.

Last week my Kid’s Pilates class returned for term 3, and it got me thinking about their posture. With so many schools these days introducing ipad-based learning and individual laptops for kids as young as 7, how is this affecting their posture? I have had a couple of parents recently quiz me on what they can do for their kids, with shoulder tension, headaches and neck strain becoming a common occurrence. Can we teach kids good posture at such a young age? Should they be spending this much time hunched over a screen? Is this any different to the generations of learning from books, hunched over desks?

At the same time last week I heard about some innovative physical therapy ideas, using game consoles for neurological rehab. (Using technology for good instead of evil in the world of movement!). The idea being that movement-based rehab is most effective if it is:

1. fun

2. complex

3. repeated many, many times

The same qualities that make games addictive are being utilized to make rehab effective. Brilliant! So we have to make things fun so you want to do them, rather than feeling like its a chore. (In the physical therapy game idea, this means juggling, or shooting spells in your ‘game’ to score points and get prizes. Way more fun than the stick figure exercises your physio gave you, yeah?). The complex part means the more combined movement patterns your rehab movement has, the more overflow it will have to the very complex movements you do in every day life. And hopefully the not-so everyday too. The more ways your brain has trained the correct movement, the more likely you are to execute a successful and therefore non-harmful movement when faced with something new, like lifting something unusual, or running for the bus. The repetition is required for your brain to adopt this new pattern as habit. And research has shown when it comes to brain work – the more the merrier.
So all of this is good news for Pilates! We love to make things fun for starters (who said exercises should be boring!) and combined and complex movements are part of the deal. Repetition, on the surface, seems low (have you ever been told off by your instructor for doing 30 of something when you should be doing 10?), but here’s the explanation – we want you to concentrate and keep your brain involved as you trying to change movement patterns so too many leads to brain fade. Ideally, those 10 reps you do in a concentrated, focused and precise way are also reinforced in 4 other exercises that session. And then your brain remembers them while you are moving all day long for the next 48hrs or so, and hopefully by the time its forgotten you’re back in the Pilates studio!

So how does this relate back to the kids? Well, it got me thinking – what if we gave them tools to fix their own posture, to trick themselves into repeating good movement habits multiple times per day from the age of 7? What if we made movement fun! A game to see if they can beat their own score each day (or they get in trouble by the Posture Police maybe?!). What if they start their relationship with technology already understanding its effects and practicing ways to avoiding them? I am yet to uncover the answer, but I can assure you my six dedicated youngsters in my Kid’s class will have a few tricks up their sleeve by the time the year is out.

In the meantime, take some tips they’ve learned so far – every 20 minutes today, ditch your ‘shoulder earrings’, swap your ‘spaghetti back’ for a ‘strong back’ and breathe in like your lungs are balloons. It may not cure your posture but it could be the first step in the right direction.

On Key

Related Posts

young woman wearing black gym clothes in pilates studio lunging on reformer machine with arms stretched up

A quick Q&A on Pilates Studio Sessions

Our directors share some thoughts on studio pilates sessions. What they involve, who should do them and how you can un-deskify your posture. What is it that people love about studio sessions? There’s a great balance of focus and fun in these sessions. Everyone gets to work as an individual and work on their own strengths and weaknesses, but it’s in a friendly group setting so everyone gets to know everyone. There’s a great sense of familiarity and support in the room when people come together regularly, everyone celebrates their wins and cheers each other on when they’re conquering hard

Rayna massage therapist again weatherboards in Paddington QLD

Massage Therapist and Popular Pilates Instructor

Don’t know about you, but we’re starting the new year with nice lie down…at our Paddington studio…Thursdays and Saturdays. That’s right we now have an in-house Massage Therapist to knead away any knots, stress and tightness! This is Rayna. She has a passion for giving a relaxing experience to her clients, with a holistic approach to her treatments, she incorporates trigger pointing and deep tissue, relaxation and myofascial release techniques to work through problem areas.Rayna will be working her magic out of our Paddington studio Thursdays and Saturdays. For a limited time you can get a 60 minute massage for

Staff from Movement Principle Pilates Paddington studio smiling and checking notes

Making Moves

Our last month of memories at 129 Latrobe…… Don’t worry! We’re not going far! Almost six years have passed since we joined the Latrobe Terrace community and although our four walls are about to change, we could never go too far!From Monday 23rd September our new Paddington studio address is:104c Latrobe Terrace, Paddington Just 160m down the road, directly opposite Woolies, our new Pilates sanctuary is down the path between the bookshop and Remy’s cafe.We are thrilled about moving into a new space that will allow our business to adapt and explore exciting new avenues for our clients. What our new

Cat and Anita from Movement Principle Pilates Brisbane smiling with reformer pilates equipment

Pilates Teacher Training comes to Movement Principle

We are thrilled to announce that we have joined the Pilates International Training Centre as their Brisbane training location and delivery partners for 2019. PITC has been delivering professional Pilates instructor training in Australia for longer than any other organisation, and has the respect of the pilates industry across the country and internationally. It’s founder and CEO Sally Anderson was one of the first teachers to bring Pilates to Australia, and she has worked tirelessly to raise the standards of training and accreditation across the industry for more than 30 years. PITC courses are highly regarded amongst employers and students alike,

Row of burlesque dancers with legs in the air on stage

Pilates for Peelers, for Riders, for Rowers and more…..

Why we love getting out into the community to help different movers. Later this month we’ll be heading to a different type of studio. To teach a different type of mover. The Bombshell Burlesque Academy have invited us to run a workshop for their students, affectionately termed ‘Pilates for Peelers’. As any performer will know, the demands of regular training and rehearsal schedules, often while juggling other work or life tasks, can leave little time for personal maintenance. And yet those who use their bodies for recreation or work are the most in need of some pilates love! There are

Stay in the loop!

Get 10% off your first booking.
We don’t spam! News and specials only.