Pilates is beneficial in strengthening the neck and shoulders and alleviating problems in these areas so it is somewhat ironic that for many of us tension in the neck and shoulders, particularly when we begin Pilates classes can be quite a problem.
Many Pilates exercises are done on our back where the head is lifted away from the floor. In this position it is the core, including abdominals and back which is responsible for supporting the head, neck and shoulders and maintaining the elevated position. As the abs tire and stop working the neck muscles start to tense and strain, which if left to persist can create strain injury. If you continue with the exercise in this situation not only are you risking serious injury but doing absolutely nothing for the core, which has now stopped working.
What to do to avoid Neck Strain
Once you are starting to get stronger add a progression. Keeping your knees together, as you curl up lift your right foot away from the floor lengthening your leg. As you roll down lower the foot back down the floor. Alternate your leg each time.
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