Posture experts have described ideal alignment in terms of the location of body parts used as landmarks, relative to a vertical line that runs down through your centre. Ideal postural alignment causes the least amount of musculoskeletal pain and strain.
Performing Pilates exercises with good posture is essential as if the exercises are performed with stress on joints and ligaments, as a result of poor posture, a participant could actually make a postural condition worse or indeed cause themselves an injury. Therefore it is vital that before every exercise, whether it be standing, seated or lying, a reinforcement of the appropriate posture should be addressed.
The key areas that need to be addressed when focussing on teaching correct alignment are:
Imagine you are creating footprints in the sand and that your feet are like a tripod with the weight evenly balanced over both feet and evenly across the toes and heels. Imagine you have a golden thread on the top of your head and it is drawing you upwards, lengthening your spine.