Why should you choose Pilates?
Do you have back pain? Are you pregnant or have recently had a baby? Do you want to improve your posture or get more flexible? Do you have chronic pain or even recurrent ankle sprains? Maybe you are trying to get back to fitness after lockdown?
What is Pilates?
Put simply, Pilates is a type of exercise which uses exercises designed to be low-impact. It includes movements which focus on flexibility, deep muscle strength and endurance. Pilates emphasises good postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.
How can Pilates help you?
If used well, Pilates really can help a lot of problems!
If you have back pain, a history of it, or even have recently had spine surgery, Pilates will help to build up your core strength and allow you to move early. This is a huge benefit, particularly for back problems as the spine loves to move! The assistance of the machines can offer you the support to build up your confidence and movements so help you move through your rehab.
If you are pregnant or have just had a baby Pilates can definitely help. Your body undergoes a lot of stress during pregnancy and labour and there are lots of common conditions, such as diastasis recti, which can be easy to rehab. The focus on alignment, your pelvic floor connection and how you use your abdominals goes through every movement. If you do have diastasis recti, you can also use the equipment to help strengthen you in the area which your gap naturally closes.
For a lot of people with chronic pain, the thought of exercising can be quite scary. The best part about equipment Pilates is that the machines can actually help you move. We can reduce the tension on the springs and give you a big base of support. This allows you to move more freely, with less weight and start to build your muscle strength. Because Pilates is low impact, it will not rattle your bones, but will allow your deeper muscles to start to work to support you.
Finally, if you have a history of ankle sprains, or just want to improve your flexibility and posture Pilates can definitely help! Pilates movements focus on muscular balance which means that everything works when it should! Emphasising postural alignment during the exercises will help you to learn where you are in space. This means that you will be able to transfer the skills you learn in the studio to the gym, your sport, or even just sitting at your desk.