benefits of pilates

'Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.'  - Joseph Pilates

Like yoga, Pilates can help with a number of common complaints including back and neck conditions (slipped discs, osteoporosis, sciatica), knee, ankle and wrist problems arising from poor posture and injuries. Many women also find Pilates of particular benefit during and after pregnancy. Read on to discover the benefits of a regular Pilates practice...

Improved fitness, strength + flexibility

  • Improves posture and mobility including flexibility of the spine
  • Improves overall muscle balance in the body and creates a long and lean muscle tone
  • Increases body awareness and improves stability and alignment of the major joints in motion, hence reducing occurrences of injuries
  • Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
  • Encourages efficiency of movement and improves performance of day to day movement as well as sports.
  • Improves the function of the lungs and circulation
  • Complements training for athletes and performers perfectly

Prevention + curing of health conditions

  • Builds better balance + coordination 
  • Helps maintain and can improve bone density
  • Offers a safe + excellent form of exercise for seniors, pre + postnatal women and for a wide range of medical conditions outlined below

Injury prevention 
Pilates improves neuromuscular control which creates more balanced strength in the body as well as increased movement awareness resulting in safer use of the body and less injuries from day to day activities as well as from sports. Better alignment, posture and more efficient use of the body also creates less wear and tear on the joints and therefore less pain and injuries. Pilates also improves flexibility to help prevent injury and can be used as a means to 'cross train' by athletes as well as for rehabilitation for particular condition such as:

  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Shoulder and wrist injuries
  • Hip injuries and bursitis
  • Ankle injuries
  • Knee injuries and total knee/hip replacements
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Surgery
  • Postnatal and more

Stress reduction + detoxification

  • Restores physical vitality
  • Focuses on movement and breath encouraging meditative states
  • Circulates the blood, improving cell function
  • Charges the blood with oxygen and purges waste gases through proper breathing

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