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Pace.Pilates Plymouth Body Posture Assessment Diagram




Sway Back

Flat Back

 What is a good Posture?

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (1947); “good posture is that state of muscular and skeletal balance which protects the supporting structures of the body and uses muscles efficiently.” 

A good posture provides you with safe and effective movement and provides optimum conditions for the functioning of bodily organs.

How is Posture affected?


Our posture is affected by a variety of factors including:

  • Genetics and hereditary factors

  • Occupation

  • Age

  • Environment

  • Footwear

  • Emotions and mental health

  • Disability

  • Injuries and medical conditions

  • Inactivity


How do we help you to improve your posture?


As instructors our fundamental role is to recognise participants who are demonstrating signs of poor posture or who are at risk of doing so. We can provide you with a postural assessment to ensure that together we understand the exercises that will help you and to support you in becoming physically and mentally effective.


Our posture assessments act as an extension to our health screening process. After we have taught you for a few classes and have observed what you can and cannot do; we will then work with you to help you to become the healthiest version of yourself.


How does it work?


You take three portrait photographs of yourself; from the front, the side and the back; standing naturally with nothing on your feet. You simply send the pictures to us; we then assess you and email you the results back; with your postural type and a home exercise programme to help you.

Home Exercise Programme

From the postural assessment we can then provide you with a bespoke exercise programme; designed just for you! This means that if you cannot get to a class you can continue doing the correct Pilates exercise for your body type at home.


You will learn more about your body; how it can be improved; where it needs to be strengthened, where it’s tight, why you have limited movement in certain areas, why you have poor balance, why your lower back aches sometimes and you get headaches for example. 


We have conducted over 200 Postural assessments successfully for our clients including military veterans from the charity Help for Heroes. Our clients enjoy finding out more about their postures, how they can be improved and we seriously love to help every single person we meet to become the best physical version of themselves. 

A full postural assessment costs £40, please email for more information. We can't wait to help you. 

Kind Regards Ros and Gilly

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