Pilates should be a part of your exercise routine because it really works! Here are a few of the major benefits of a regular Pilates practice
Mindfulness and Stress relief: Pilates requires total focus and breath control –this activates your para-sympathetic nervous system (your rest and repair system) allowing relaxation throughout the body. Movement is synchronised with breath.
Boosts energy through breath and the endorphins released from full body workout
Core activation: The core is the foundation for every exercise in the Pilates method. Pilates is the very best form of exercise to activate and strengthen the core muscles
Pain relief: building a strong core and strong muscles will support your musculo-skeletal system and provides significant pain relief particularly to lower back pain but all joint and muscle pain
Recovery from an injury with Pilates to rebuild the muscles that have been weakened through pain, injury, rest or adaptive postures.
Improved flexibility: Pilates incorporates a variety of stretching, flowing movements to mobilise your spine and lengthen your muscles.
Improved posture: Pilates targets the deep postural muscles, and promotes elongation through the spine, allowing you to stand taller.
Full-body workout: Pilates focuses on core control while training the entire body as an integrated system. Your whole body will become toned with regular Pilates.
Safe and gentle: Pilates is gentle and safe for everyone from the young to the pregnant and elderly.
Balance: Pilates exercises help to improve your balance which is great at all ages but especially for falls prevention in the elderly
Performance Enhancement: Pilates is a great way to build strength and reinforce correct movement patterns allowing more efficient movement. This will show up as better results with your chosen sport.