Why Pilates Benefits Everyone!
Pilates trains several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on core strength, posture, and flexibility. The benefits of Pilates are invaluable for improved postural alignment, injury rehabilitation, sports performance, and overall mental and physical health.
Pilates was created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the 1900’s when he suffered from asthma and other ailments. Joseph introduced Pilates first in Europe and then shared his knowledge within the United States. He understood and knew mental and physical health were closely connected.
“Practicing and teaching Pilates is literally safe and effective for all ages and fitness levels,” explains Tina Ashbeck, Wellness Solutions Owner and Licensed PT. “Our clients notice right away the benefits of increased balance, improved postural alignment and flexibility in their daily lives through Pilates”
Improved Body Balance
Pilates is safe and very gentle. Many Pilates exercises are completed in sitting or reclining positions; and they are extremely low impact and only partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is often used in physical therapy to rehabilitate injuries, improve sports performance and often prescribed for post-surgical healing. The immediate benefit for most participants is body balance. Balance is key for improving overall health.
Pilates engages all of the body’s muscles to develop a strong core (or center of the body) which results in flat abdominals and a strong back. Core control is developed and strengthened by improving deep abdominal muscles as well as the muscles closest to the spine. The body’s core strength involves way more than the rectus abdominals (abs). Pilates movements focus on stabilizing the core while also lengthening the body’s muscles all over.
Traditional workouts are typically weight bearing and concentrate on building short and bulky muscles. These types of workouts often lend themselves to injury. Pilates is the total opposite as it primarily elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
Good Mental Health
Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles, and feet. No muscle group is over trained or undertrained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities. Breathing properly throughout the practice is essential to success and focus, which leads to mindfully resetting the brain.
“I think Pilates is an excellent mental and physical workout,” said Tina. “The breathwork, correct spine, and pelvic alignment and flowing movement make participants clearly aware of their bodies.” The combination of well-executed movements and proper breathing also aids in reducing stress. For more details contact us today!