First developed over 100 years ago, Pilates is as popular now as was in the 1920s. However, it is more than just an exercise; it is a complete workout program that uses the body’s core to build strength, flexibility and stability while improving breathing, balance and coordination.
Since its development, Pilates has been used around the world to rehabilitate injuries, increase flexibility and improve posture. However, more research suggests that in addition to its physical benefits Pilates has been shown to improve mental health.
What is Pilates?
Pilates has been adapted to suit people of all fitness levels and abilities. The exercises are controlled by the individual which means their movements can be adjusted to increase or decrease intensity.
The practice encourages complete concentration, mindfulness and precise movements. This is why it is also known as ‘ mind-body exercise’. An added benefit is that, due to its low impact nature, Pilates can be practised by everyone including those just starting out or recovering from injury!
The Benefits of Pilates
Although it is not often discussed, the mental health benefits of Pilates are equally as important as its physical benefits. Here is how advanced Pilates improves your overall wellbeing.
Pilates training is a great way to relieve stress. As your mind becomes totally focused on the movements, you will find your worries start to slip away as you work and concentrate on your breathing, balance and footwork. This creates a space of calm where your mind can have a break.
Being relaxed after a training session helps to promote healthy sleep. Consistent Pilates classes have been shown to improve the quality of sleep and help fight insomnia.
Improved Balance and Flexibility
As stated above, the nature of Pilates encourages continuous focus and concentration. This, in turn, helps improve balance and can and help prevent falls as you get older. Additionally, Pilates moves stretch muscles while strengthening them at the same time leading to better flexibility and mobility.
Reduced Risk Of Injury
Incorporating Pilates into your routine can reduce the risk of injury. The exercises build core strength which makes you less likely to be injured during exercise and daily living.
Decreases Back Pain
Pilates targets the deeper abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor to both contract and release. This acts as a brace to lift and support the organs, effectively reducing back pain.
Enhanced Body Awareness
Pilates is a mind-body practice that enhances body awareness. The attention inward and ability to focus on the sensations in your body heightens your awareness of comfort or pain, your emotions, and your surrounding environment.
Pilates Classes for Advanced Workouts
Pilates is a well-developed exercise system that can help people of all ages become stronger and healthier. Club Pilates provides a number of advanced Pilates classes for individuals looking for a challenge. There are a number of classes offered throughout the week so you can easily tailor your workout to suit your schedule!
Dedicated instructors will guide you through each class to ensure you get optimum results from every session. Whether you’re looking to strengthen your back, shoulders, arms or legs, there is something for everyone. Sign up for an advanced Pilates class at Club Pilates today.