How’s your posture?

The human body was made to move. Unfortunately our lifestyle has shifted to one that is much more sedentary than it should be. I’ve heard statements claim sitting is the new smoking. How scary is that? In addition to all the sitting, we spend more time with our heads forward and shoulders slouched looking and texting on our phones. It’s causing many health issues that are keeping the chiropractors, physiotherapists and other health care practitioners busy. So what can you do from a prevention standpoint to assist in getting your body into healthier alignment? I’m glad you asked.

On Sunday I attended the first ever foundational training class in Manitoba. The amazing Eva Quan hosted us at Pilates Manitoba and put us through a one hour training. I have to say it was tough but I truly felt a little taller when I left. It is very different than anything I have ever done but I do know I am hooked and will add it to my healthy lifestyle as another piece of the puzzle that will assist me to live life to the fullest and can’t help but share this with you.

What is Foundation Training?
Foundation Training is a movement practice designed to teach your body how to properly support itself and move as nature intended. This program uses a combination of powerful movements, intentional poses, and conscious breathing work to activate the muscles in your posterior chain.
Why should I do Foundation Training?
We are all privy to the effects of gravity without realizing it. Lifestyle adaptations in modern man have created poor postures, and sometimes with that, pain. We should all do Foundation Training to help restore our postures, our vitality, and learn to take ourselves out of pain.
How often should one practice Foundation Training?
If you’re new to Foundation Training, it will take some time for the exercises to “sink in”, though with regular guidance the understanding comes with much more ease. That can vary from person to person, although a guideline would be to attend a class or a session two to three times per week. Once you have the recall, or muscle memory to do the exercises on your own, you could do it as often as every single day.
If you’re interested in trying a Foundation Training class, Eva teaches at Pilates Manitoba on Mondays at 10am, and Thursdays at 5pm. You can register for one of her classes at
I would also like to share the following donation based classes at Pilates Manitoba this week that assist along the same lines as foundational training. All proceeds support the Shoebox project. Space is limited so go online or call 204-487-2287 to reserve your spot.
Nov. 6 @ 6pm  Eldoa with Lisa
Nov. 8 @ 9am Mat Pilates with Nicole
Nov. 9 @ 5:30pm Melt with Rose
Nov. 12 @ 1pm Foundation Training with Eva
Have a wonderful week Monkeys!! #LiveActive #GiveBack

1 Comment

  1. Crystal Thompson on November 6, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for this info, Carol! I’m finding in my 40s I really need to pay attention to posture. I’m going to check this out. I’ve never heard of this, but the title alone, “Foundation Training” sounds enticing.

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