Pilates is an ideal form of exercise for everyone and we detail some specific examples below:
For many years, Pilates has been used by dancers, and now athletes around the world. It is ideal for developing a steely inner core and for enhancing performance by developing stamina, co-ordination and strength. Particular attention can be paid to re-balancing symmetry in the body upset by repetitive movement patterns and overuse injuries. The entire musculature becomes evenly balanced and conditioned, and so is less prone to injury.
Developing an athlete’s core – the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine – makes athletes more agile, helps prevent injury and increases sports performance.
From weekend warriors to elite professionals, athletes looking for a competitive edge are discovering that Pilates helps you:
- Hit the ball farther
- Run faster
- Jump higher
- Correct muscle imbalances
- Prevent injury
These gentle postural rehabilitation programmes are often recommended by doctors, chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists to rebuild muscle and strength after surgery or after years of injury or strain. The non-weight bearing exercises are tailored to accommodate the injured area with the correct amount of resistance to provide both stimulation and support. Individual training with specific hands-on support ensures that the client is always exercising safely.
Pilates is an ideal exercise during and after pregnancy as it relieves lower back pain whilst energising the body to combat fatigue. It also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, help prevent swollen legs and varicose veins, concentrate on body alignment and improve posture. As well as building strength and stamina for the birthing process, the exercises will increase blood circulation and oxygen to the womb. The programme is adapted accordingly during each stage of pregnancy.
After the birth, safe, gentle exercises help to speed up the recovery of body shape and tone.
Posture / Modern Workforce
Reliance on computers requires the modern workforce to remain seated for long periods, often contributing to poor posture, lower back pain and repetitive strain injuries. Pilates method will encourage better postural awareness and release tension throughout the body.
Pilates provides wonderful exercise for older clients as they are especially effective at relieving back pain, joint stiffness, arthritis and tension throughout the body. The client can work out in a quiet and calming environment and leave the studio feeling relaxed and energised.
The Mind-Body Connection
Essentially this means heightening your awareness of what is happening to your body as you move. You will learn to improve your breathing and to integrate breathing patterns with everything you do. You will learn about improved postural alignment and how to incorporate these improvements in your everyday life.