What is one gadget that has totally transformed the way we live and function in the past decade?
In fact, the majority of people in the US spend around 5 hours every day on their smartphones. This time does not include the time spent on laptops or desktops (another 2-8 hours depending on the line of work.)
As a web developer I love technology and see immense value in it but as a Pilates teacher I really dislike what it’s doing to our bodies. If I spend too much time
working behind a computer my body starts to “scream” for help with sharp pain in my upper back.
Slouched posture is not a novelty in the world, however our modern reliance on smartphones is creating new problems in our bodies. In a study Assessment of Stresses in the Cervical Spine Caused by Posture and Position of the Head by Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, Chief of Spine Surgery at New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, it was found that as the human head tilts forward the forces seen by the neck surge which can lead to early degeneration of the cervical spine as well as myofascial pain in the upper body.
Another study reported that 84% of smartphone users experienced pain in at least one body part.
Whether we like or not, smartphones and computers are here to stay. I don’t think that we will be going to the caveman lifestyle any time soon so it is important for us to learn good ergonomics when using our technology but also ways to release the tension that we build up after hours of screen time.
Several years ago I discovered self-myofascial trigger point release and it has proved to be a great companion to my regular Pilates practice. My personal journey towards pain-free back has inspired the launch of the sFera massage balls line – massage ball sets designed to help you reach and release virtually every muscle knot in your body (you can win a set for your personal use, see details at the bottom of the post.)
In this video I will share my favorite techniques to release tension in the upper back and “open up” the slouched posture. I will be using Deep Tissue sFera massage balls but of course you can use tools that you have on hand (tennis balls, lacrosse balls etc.) The myofascial release techniques are combined with Pilates exercises and stretches for greater range of motion and increased strength.
I refer to this workout as “Feels So Good” release because it will leave you feeling open and free in your upper body. Try it!
And the winner of the giveaway is….
This video is the final one in the Annual Pilates Holiday Challenge.
I know everyone is excited to hear the name of the lucky winner of the giveaway.
The lucky number of this winner is #4 in the FB comment thread.
She loves Pilates because it is her SPINE SAVER.
Her name is … Jai Marie
Jai Marie, please contact us through email or Fb so that we can ship the gift basket to you.
You can win a free set of sFera Massage balls that I am using in the video
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