Pilates concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on the core. This helps to improve general fitness and overall well being.
Pilates develops better posture, balance and flexibility. Performing the exercises correctly requires a mind body connection to achieve the maximum results.
Pilates can be modified to provide a gentle strength training program or a challenging workout, making it available to most people. It is suitable both for beginners and for people who already exercise regularly.
The health benefits of Pilates include:
Good posture - Pilates will teach you to gain and maintain good posture. The exercises require that your body is always in alignment. This is especially beneficial if you suffer from lower back pain.
Muscle Tone - The exercises involve the use of muscles that you may not use on a daily basis. You will find that your muscles will become more toned. This is particularly helpful for older people and those whose daily life may be sedentary as muscle tone is usually lost with age and inactivity.
Flexibility - As we age we tend to lose flexibility. Pilates restores flexibility. This is important for avoiding injuries from falls.
Improves your balance - Through the mind body connection taught in pilates you will become much more aware of how your body moves. Pilates not only improves your physical balance through correct posture but also restores your mind body balance.
Reduces stress - performing the exercises requires 100% focus so that for at least an hour you will be free of the responsibilities that may weigh you down on a day to day basis. This is an excellent way to relieve stress.
Gives you a general sense of well being - Pilates focuses on providing balance between your mind and body and this leads to an overall sense of well being.
Pilates is a great form of physical therapy.
It is a preventive form of exercise. Research has found that pilates can be an effective rehabilitative treatment for injuries and illnesses such as: chronic neck and back pain; hip and knee replacements; multiple sclerosis; fibromyalgia and scoliosis.
Pilates is also excellent for athletes, dancers and other sports professionals who have had some kind of injury and need rehabilitation to get back to top form. Pilates is a low impact exercise and can be tailored to work on focussed areas of your body as long as you have a trained instructor.