Photo by nensuria
During my early teens, before discovering Pilates, poor posture was a huge issue for me. Due to a sudden growth spurt, a few months before my 12th birthday I was already 170 cm or 5 feet 7 inches tall when I started high school. Towering over my friends & classmates, I was incredibly self-conscious & felt like a giant. I took the one and only option available to me. Shrinking & looking smaller. How could I possibly do this you ask? By leaning my upper body backward and sinking down through my chest and then slumping and leaning at every available opportunity. Basically, in a ridiculous attempt to disappear into the crowd, I had created a postural nightmare for myself. Looking back on photos during those years, it's very clear, I hadn't grown into my body yet. Fortunately, it was reasonably short-lived and starting dance classes at 14 was a big plus for my posture and my confidence. ...
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