Benefits that can be achieved through Pilates
The principle objective of Pilates is to build abdominal, back and pelvic strength resulting in body toning and improved posture. Many medical experts believe that when the body is balanced with good posture and good core muscle support, the involuntary body functions such as breathing, digestion and bowel function also benefit.
Breathing techniques are an important part of Pilates, helping the delivery of oxygen to the body as well as boosting your energy levels. In addition, a Pilates session will leave you feeling relaxed and energized, your mental wellbeing will improve alongside your physical wellbeing.
Joseph Pilates lived a full and active life until the age of 87, but with the body of a much younger man. Throughout his life he was very proud of the Pilates exercise programmes he had developed. Indeed, he never hesitated to recommend Pilates to one and all, as I do to you today.
What if I’m not used to exercising?
Pilates is a safe form of exercise for all ages and is particularly suitable for people who have not exercised in a while. Problems are often encountered due to poor posture, weight issues and poor muscle tone and they worsen as we get older. Additionally, these can lead to secondary effects such as aches and pains, osteoporosis, poor circulation and a lack of energy.
My classes are aimed at allowing you to work at your own pace, increasing your stamina, strength and flexibility in the process. Moreover, because Pilates exercises are performed with precision and control, the risk of injury is greatly reduced too.
Pilates is especially effective at relieving back pain, joint inflammation, swelling, arthritis, and tension throughout the body. After a few sessions your range of movement will increase and you will notice a reduction in swelling and inflammation.
By improving your circulation, there are further benefits such as an improvement in bone density – important not only for those already suffering from osteoporosis but also for those wishing to avoid it. Additional benefits of Pilates include a strengthened core, better posture, greater flexibility and improvement in joint mobility.
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