Strengthening shoulder muscles will help keep us in good alignment, help our posture and keep aches and pains in the shoulder area at bay.
Rotator cuff muscles are the stability muscles for the shoulder they hold the shoulder in place. If we are for example working on our computer or using i-pads and phones for long periods of time we tend to pull ourselves forward causing shortness in the pec muscles to the front of the chest and weakness to the rotator cuff muscles at the back of the shoulder blade. Also with shallow breathing and when we are stressed we tend to lift up our mid trapezius muscles on the top of the shoulder, these muscles will then lock up and through this misalignment we start to have many problems such as rotator cuff strain, bursitis and frozen shoulder.
This short video shows 6 exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint. Always remember to balance up and work both shoulders and don’t rush the moves, set enough time aside to do the exercises, you don’t have to use a weight at the beginning and you’ll still see good results. Remembering the 8 principles of Pilates as you go; flowing movement, alignment, concentration, stamina, coordination, breathing, centring, relaxation.
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