Now you know that here at Pilates Community we always like to emphasise the importance of mobility in your life. At the end of the day, including some daily movement in your life is essential. Today, we focus on hip and shoulder mobility.

It may surprise you to learn that hip and shoulder pain can actually be linked.  If you are unsure of the pain you are experiencing, please seek medical advice, as there are medical conditions that can cause such pain, such as a condition known as Polymyalgia rheumatica. This is an inflammatory condition that causes pain in the joints and muscles of the lower back, thighs,hips, neck, shoulder and upper arms, and other parts of the body. The condition occurs when the lining surrounding the joints, bursa and tendons near the shoulders and hips becomes inflamed. There are also forms of arthristis that can cause hip and shoulder pain. If, however, you are just feeling stiff and achy, you may find some Pilates exercises could be of benefit.

What Causes Hip Tightness? For most people, the biggest cause of tightness is what we do all day long: sitting for too long is a major culprit in tightening the hip flexors. When you sit all day at a desk, the iliopsoas, in particular, shortens, making the flexors tight. Sitting all day also affects your posture, so this can also lead to… you guessed it, shoulder pain!  There is also the relation to your spine. Tight hips cause your entire spine to move differently. So tightening your core (the muscles around your spine) will help with hip pain and shoulder pain by improving your posture!

So, today’s Pilates Community Online video is to help with hip and shoulder mobility and core strength.  Click here for for the video (you will need Vimeo to view this).

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Squeeze and breathe,

Love Hannah xx