Benefits of Pilates
Pilates is a programme of exercises to engage the mind and condition the whole body. It is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates particular focus is on strengthening and stabilising the ‘core’ or ‘powerhouse’, a group of deep stabilising muscles in the abdomen, back and pelvic region.
The focus is on quality of movement, leaving individuals energised rather than exhausted after a session. The balanced approach of Pilates encourages the body to work as an efficient, holistic system, both during sport and, more importantly, in our activities of daily living.
Our modern lives, often with hours spent sitting in our cars, in front of a computer screen or slumped in front of a TV, means that the spine's natural curves are sometimes lost. Pilates helps to re-align the spine and improve posture.
helps relieve back pain and joint stress
Lower back pain often arises from our daily mistreatment of our spines. By re-aligning the spine and improving our posture, lower back pain can often be eliminated entirely or greatly improved. It creates a stronger, more flexible spine and increases joint range of movement.
enhances balance and coordination
Realigning your spine and strengthening your core stability muscles means better balance and co-ordination which in turn means fewer injuries.
helps aid recovery after injury and prevent injury recurring
Pilates is low impact, so it is a great rehabilitation tool for the injured client. Over-training in high impact sports can lead to stress and injury. After injury we often stop moving or acquire maladaptive movement in our bodies. By focusing on alignment, posture and core stability, Pilates encourages efficient patterns of movement, making the body less prone to injury and keeping us moving safely.
Improves the way your body looks and feels
Pilates increases strength and stamina, toning and shaping long, lean muscles without bulking up.
Aids relaxation and concentration
Pilates helps you get in touch with your body. Mindfulness therapy, a psychological intervention for depression, has shown that focusing attention on your body and your immediate environment can lift your mood, release tension and minimise the stresses and strains of modern life. Pilates allows you to step out of your busy life for a while and become mindful.
Promotes a good night's sleep
Pilates can help trigger natural sleep responses. Many of our clients have reported improved sleep patterns within a few weeks of taking up Pilates.
helps with management of incontinence
Stress incontinence is very common, particularly in women after childbirth, but also, as we age, the pelvic floor muscles begin to lose their tone. Pilates will help you strengthen these muscles, thereby limiting this condition.
May help prevent osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is common in post-menopausal women, but it can occur in older men and younger women. Long bones and bones of the spine, wrist and hips become weak and susceptible to fracture. Low impact weight bearing exercises can help improve bone density, whilst good posture and balance can help you avoid falls.