Pilates is great for body conditioning and overall strengthening. It is scientifically proven effective for long term maintenance of functional movement for daily life activities.
What’s great about Pilates is the mindfulness and focus of each movement; the connection between brain and body. In this post you will discover the 5 Main Benefits of Practicing Pilates and how it can improve your health.
One of the main benefits of practicing Pilates regularly is that it improves your posture. In Core Fitness Physiotherapy & Pilates, we focus on different exercises to promote skeletal alignment. These exercises (arm circles supine on the reformer) helps you to strengthen the muscles which are responsible for good posture.
Did you know that improved posture from practicing Pilates helps you to move freely, breathe easily and avoid health complications such as poor blood circulation, back aches, neck pain, a tight chest, slipped disc and others.
Pilates Helps You to Ease Back Pain
A stronger core equals a better back. Did you know that those who experience chronic lower back pain who practiced Pilates for just four weeks experienced more relief than those who visited a physician and other specialists, says a Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy study.Pilates help you stabilizing the core’s lumbar-pelvic (lower-back) region, Pilates alleviates stress on the area and improves your mobility.
Practice Good Breathing Habits
Ever felt like you’re always out of breath? It’s normal to experience shortness of breath because we are often not paying attention to how we breathe. In Pilates, we practice and incorporate slow movements and a series of exercises along with attention to the mindful breathing techniques.
Did you know that working with the breath also brings a natural rhythm to a movement that greatly enhances the efficacy and experience of a workout? Breathing fully, with attention and intention, centers us. It clarifies and calms the mind, increases lung capacity, reduces stress, and paves the way for a greater, holistic experience.
Enhanced Core Stability
A strong, stable centre is integral to good Pilates practice, as this is where all movement originates from. Your pelvic muscles, when strong and acting effectively together, play a vital role in supporting your torso and back plus provide you with a solid foundation for movement. By improving the strength of your centre, Pilates can help reduce your risk of injury.
Through your Pilates journey you will develop a stronger awareness of how you move and where that movement comes from. Your instructors will work to help you create that connection between the mind and body.
Pilates strengthens all the muscles in your body by using a combination of dynamic and static strength training. Pilates helps to ensure all the muscles in your body are mobilised. The best part about increased strength is that it builds endurance which helps you to function better in life.