Are you are looking for an exercise program which makes a marked difference to your health without taking a toll on your body? Then Pilates could be perfect for you.
WHAT MAKES PILATES DIFFERENT?
Pilates is a great way of improving your balance, muscle strength, flexibility and posture through strengthening and stretching your whole body. This is invaluable for good posture, injury recovery and overall good health.
Pilates was created by German-born Joseph Pilates. It is an exercise based program that helps strengthen the deep abdominal muscles around the spine. Pilates focuses on strengthening and stretching the whole body to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and posture, incorporating elements of yoga, martial arts and western forms of exercise.
AM I TOO OLD FOR PILATES?
Pilates is suitable for all ages and fitness levels as it focuses on the quality of the movement rather than the number of repetitions.
As many of the exercises are low impact, Pilates is incredibly gentle on the body and recommended by osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors as one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise.
The benefits of Pilates are numerous and can help you to:
Increase your strength and muscle tone
Improve your posture, health and overall fitness
Helps with balance and stability and falls prevention
Reduce pain, stiffness and tension
Rehabilitate after injury, surgery or illness
Reduce your stress levels
HELPING WITH BACK PAIN
More than 80% of the adult population suffer from lower back pain at some time in their life. The good news is Pilates can often help with its prevention and management.
During your sessions, you will learn correct alignment, breathing and centring along with a series of exercises designed to help control your movements and improve your posture. These will help increase both the strength and flexibility of your back.
FIND OUT MORE
If you would like to learn more about how Pilates could benefit you, please get in touch.
Main photo: Pilates for Life Book by Lynne Robinson and Carmela Trappa, published by Kyle Books, photographer Dan Duchars