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Why Pilates is good for you?

18th July 2018

Why Pilates is good for you?
Why Pilates is good for you?

There are many reasons why Pilates is good for you. Pilates classes you can have an intense body workout with quick results. A one hour of Pilates class can help after a long stressful day, helping you relax and Feelgood.

Or in the morning, can help you feel the difference with your improvement in body and mind.

Firstly it has health benefits. It can improve your posture, balance, strengthen core muscles, increase flexibility, and tone your body.

Secondly it can help relieve stress and tension.

WHAT IS PILATES GOOD FOR?

Pilates workouts can be modified to individual needs. Every class can be adapted to focus on the areas that you want to work on (upper shoulders, thoracic spine, hip flexor muscles and strengthening the gluteals).

WHO SHOULD TAKE UP PILATES?

Everyone can do Pilates, people of all ages, athletes, people with specific medical conditions and even pregnant women. It is practised by celebrities but you don't have to be one to join a Pilates class. If you have a medical condition consult your doctor before engaging in any physical activity.

IMPROVING MUSCULAR BALANCE

Most of us move incorrectly and Pilates addresses incorrect movement patterns and helps you to move properly in the way you walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out.

Pilates workouts are based on strengthening the core muscles and for this reason improves postural imbalances, reduces back pain and prevent fatigue.

INJURY AND REHABILITATION

Pilates was primarily used as rehabilitation for wounded soldiers.

Pilates is excellent for injury rehabilitation and to prevent future injuries. You can be able to be confident again doing daily activities.

Every movement in Pilates workouts are done with such control and conscious breathing that will contribute to better circulation to the injured areas.

CORE STRENGTH

Pilates can strengthen your core muscles (abs, obliques, and lower back muscles). A strong core means a strong back, which leads to fewer injuries. A strong back means a strong spine, that will help your posture.

In this way when you sit and stand tall, you can be able to try your core power and discover that you are more centred, productive, focused.

PAIN RELIEF

Pilates will help you develop neutral alignment, and improve your posture, as a result reduce back pain. Many people have poor body posture, this puts an unnecessary strain on your frame. This can lead to all sorts of pain in the back and lower regions of the body.

The strong focus on core strengthening creates stronger spine muscles, improves posture and reduces or even eliminates back pain.

Fluid and supported movement can improve strength and suppleness of the muscles of the hip and shoulder. It will help reduce and prevent pain in those areas.

IMROVE FLEXIBILITY

With Pilates stretches will increase flexibility of the back, front-body, side-body, hamstrings and hips.

Regular practice improves your flexibility and every daily movement will be easier.

MIND-BODY-SPIRIT

Joseph Pilates and other instructors thought that Pilates is a mind-body-spirit approach to movement thanks to the six principles of Pilates:

Centring, every movement stem from the centre of your body, your ”power house” (the core muscles).
Concentration, the key to coordinating mind and body.
Control, rather than intensity or repetition to gain the maximum benefits.
Precision is important to realize that every movement has a purpose and is essential to achieve the results.
Breathing helps you keeping focused on every exercise you perform.
Flow, Pilates movements have to be graceful.


HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD I SPEND ON PILATES?

Joseph Pilates recommended at least 10 minutes of Pilates practice a daily. To get the most out of Pilates you should attend a Pilates class at least twice a week. Most classes last around an hour.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO PAY FOR A CLASS?

Prices per class vary considerably across the US. Many Studios are pricy because they have to factor in the cost of training instructors and equipment.

Most Pilates studios try to sell blocks of classes and depending on the city they vary considerably.
Expect to pay anything from $50- $500 for a pack of classes.

The upshot is that Pilates classes are expensive but if you shop around you can get discounts of 50% or more. Check out Pilates Near You.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO A PILATES CLASS?

There are hard and fast no rules about what to wear. Its advisable to wear lose fitting clothing , most classes are performed bare foot so footwear is not required, however some studies may require toe socks for hygiene reasons. Check with your instructor or Pilates studio first.

SOME GENERAL RULES

Barefoot - Pilates is usually done barefoot but if you want you can buy some socks with grippy bottoms.
Workout clothing stretchy but not baggy.
NO tie-back tops, ties, belts, drawstrings, tassels, zippers, bucles, clasps, buttons, metal or plastic adornments.
NO accessories or jewellery.
Hair tied back.
NO strong scents, some people could be sensitive to perfumes.
NO makeup

Where do I find a class Near Me?

Use the website or download the MyNearYou App. Thousands of classes, hundreds of brilliant, 5 star Pilates teachers near you. Don't wait, try a Pilates class near you.

Source: Serena Fariello