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Ten reasons to do Pilates

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

1. Strengthen your core

This is probably one of the number one reasons why people attend Pilates. Our core is where the origin of a lot of our movement comes from. From flexing forward to bending backwards, rotation and lateral flexion (side bending). When we have a weak core other muscles do the work for us and over time become over worked and less efficient often leading to muscle strain or injury.

2. Move your spine

Joseph Pilates, Creator of the Pilates method once said ‘if your spine is stiff at 30 you are old, if it is flexible at 60 you are young”. If you feel like your spine is aging you Pilates is a great way to get your spine moving in all planes of movement; flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion. We will have your spine moving as smoothly as a snake.

3. Improve your flexibility

This is another key motivator for people joining us in the studio. Pilates uses dynamic stretching to move the muscles and joints through their full range of movement to improve flexibility. Your flexibility will not improve overnight but with consistent practice that flexibility will improve.

4. Move freely

Don't let your body hold you back from the things you love doing. Pilates is a functional exercise method which means the exercises support you to complete every day tasks, from bending down to pick up the little ones or fur child. To reaching over head to get that wine class off the shelve. Whatever the task Pilates has you covered.

5. Increase your body awareness

Do you ever get into your car drive to your destination and not know how you got there? The same can happen with our bodies. Often we rush from A to B with little awareness of the amazing job our body is doing for us. Pilates teaches you to creates a mental picture of your body parts, where they are in space, how they interrelate and how they move.

6. Improve your mind body connection

Our bodies will always take the path of least resistance, through injury or muscle imbalances we create compensatory patterns as a way to avoid further injury or to compensate for muscle weakness. These strategies can restrict our ability to move freely. Pilates supports motor control learning and overtime reprograms pathways for your body to move more efficiently which can reduce pain and risk of injury.

7. Reduce stress

Pilates is a mind body exercise. Drawing your attention to the breath pattern during classes can calm the body and elevate the symptoms associated with stress. Joseph Pilates described the breath as an ‘internal shower’ cleansing the body with each full inhalation and exhalation. Exercise also releases endorphins which will boost your mood and make you feel good.

8. Increase your confidence

I describe Pilates as providing you with a feeling of inner strength that glows from inside out. When your body feels strong and confident you feel strong and confident. Joseph Pilates said ‘in 10 sessions you will feel the difference in 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body”. Transform your confidence with Pilates.

9. Improve your sporting prowess

Love to surf? Pilates can improve your thoracic extension to support you to see where your going when paddling through the waves.

Love golf? Pilates can increase your rotation and your hip extension to improve your golf swing.

Love weightlifting? Pilates can support with strengthening your core and improve your hip mobility and shoulder flexion.

Whatever your sporting passion Pilates can support you to bring your A game.

10. Improve your posture

Do you have a desk job? Perhaps you love to slouch on the couch or like to spend your spare time browsing socials or playing games on your mobile phone or Ipad. These activities can create tightness in the chest muscles, rounding of the shoulders and of the spine. Pilates can help reverse desk and tech posture by opening the chest and shoulders and extending your spine.

If one of more of these reasons align with your health and wellbeing goals join us in the studio and experience the benefits of Pilates for yourself.