Many people ask us why Pilates is important and what they can get from doing it. If taught and performed correctly Pilates is suitable for anyone of any age and is especially effective part of a well rounded fitness programme. Below are some key areas which Pilates can help improve.
Your spine supports the weight of your body and allows your body to move with ease and comfort. But in practice, hours spent sitting in front of the computer screen or TV means that the spine's natural S shape is lost, resulting in back pain and rounded shoulders. Pilates helps to re-align the spine and with that comes better posture.
RELIEF FROM BACK PAIN
A great deal of lower back pain comes from poor posture and our daily mistreatment of our spine. By re-aligning your spine and improving your posture, many people have found their lower back pain is significantly improved.
A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
A surprising ten million people get diagnosed with sleep disorders in the UK each year and not many realise Pilates can help. Pilates will help stretch muscles, release tension and pain, and also trigger natural sleep responses.
INCREASE YOUR STRENGTH AND STAMINA WITHOUT ADDING MUSCLE BULK
Pilates focuses on developing 'Core' muscles as well as in your back. By toning and stretching these muscles, and by correcting posture, your natural strength and stamina will improve in leaps and bounds.
PILATES CAN HELP PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS
Osteoporosis effect three million people in the UK every year, their bones becoming thin and weak therefore susceptible to fractures. By promoting good posture and balance, Pilates can actively help you avoid becoming one of those people.
A GREAT WAY TO BEAT STRESS
Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that literally re-introduces you to your body. As well as learning how your body works, Pilates will help to release tension, relax and beat the stresses and strains of modern life.
HELP WITH PREVENTION OF INCONTINENCE
Stress Incontinence is the most common form of incontinence affecting over three million people in the UK. Common causes are pregnancy or the weakening of muscles particularly the pelvic floor as we get older. Pilates will help you strengthen these muscles, thereby helping to relieve what can be a very distressing problem for sufferers.
IMPROVE BALANCE AND CO-ORDINATION
Pilates helps by realigning your spine and strengthening the 'Core' muscles. Better balance and co-ordination means fewer injuries, hence Pilates' growing popularity among professional sports groups such as dancers and rugby players.
HELPS AID RECOVERY AFTER INJURY AND RECURRING INJURIES
With its low impact nature, Pilates is recognized in helping those with injuries such as whiplash or sport injuries. Many of the sports injuries people are afflicted with can be avoided, and Pilates can play a big part in enduring correct body movement and core strength, leading to fewer such injuries.
NO PAIN, PLENTY OF GAIN
In most gyms you will hear the mantra 'No Pain No Gain', but you won't hear it repeated in the Pilates studio. Pilates is a gentle non-aerobic form of exercise that will tone and strengthen your muscles and transform poor posture without stressing the joints or heart.