Being in the therapy and fitness industry for 25+ years, I specialize in spine health. I teach neutral spine, meaning head, shoulders, hips on the floor at all times. Most adults have or develop a forward head posture over time and I just don’t understand the concept of Pilates that encourages unnecessary cervical flexion. As a perfect example, all you have to do is look at the most recent edition of IDEA Pilates Today “Uniting the Industry: Transforming Stories”. Granted I did not read the whole article, but that picture hurts my neck just to look at; as I see an older lady standing with her head in that position…Why?
3 D fitness I agree with you. As a beginner students want to over flex the neck the chin is to far forward, etc. I think Pilates Instructors just need to train their eye and teach curling around the ears, having a lengthened back of neck etc. Pilates is about creating space, lengthening the body, etc.