Top 10 Health Benefits of Pilates
Pilates is a mindbody exercise system developed in the 1900s by Joseph Pilates, a renowned physical trainer. It is a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness.
Incorporating the 5 basic principles of Pilates: Breathe, Pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilization, cervical and neck placement, he created a series of exercises across a wide range of equipment, using system of cables and trolleys, to be used for fitness and rehabilitation. Pilates provides immense benefits such as increasing strength, flexibility and control of the body. It also builds endurance and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back.
Pilates equipment comprises of the mat, reformer, cadillac, chair and barrels as well as small props. With its system of pulleys and springs, handles and straps, the apparatus can provide either resistance or support, depending on your needs. The same exercises done on different apparatus will benefit different body types and work different muscle groups.
Benefits of Pilates:
Pilates was designed initially to help people recover from injuries. While many people do use it after an injury, doing pilates regularly will also help to prevent injuries.
It Also Improves:
• Spinal Mobility
• Muscular Endurance
• Body Awareness
• Lower Back Pain
• Bone Density
• Core Strength
As you correct your alignment or posture, you’ll find you put less pressure on sensitive joints such as knees and hips, for example. You’re also less likely to suffer a strain or injury. With a straighter back, a tighter tummy and better overall muscle tone, you’ll look leaner and taller. What’s more, because pilates doesn’t focus on just one part of your body, you’ll see changes all over.
Rather than utilising static, ie unmoving, stretches, pilates focuses on movements while stretching. This means the muscles are warm as you stretch, allowing you to stretch farther with less pain. The more flexible you are, the less muscle tension you’ll endure. You’ll also enjoy better blood circulation as the blood can flow more freely around a body that isn’t stiff or stuck in one position most of the time.
Pain and bad posture can add to your stress levels and not only does pilates help alleviate those problems, it also works to calm you. As Pilates focuses on breathing, you become mindful of your breath, of your body and muscles. You’ll enjoy better sleep once you start doing regular pilates, partly because it is calming but also because your body isn’t full of physical or psychological tension.