BENEFITS OF PILATES
A major focus of the Pilates method is alignment. When alignment is not good the patterns that develop over time can cause undue stress on the musculoskeletal system. Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders and back are often due to this distortion in the body.
Since Pilates exercises are designed to re-align the body and teach the mind/body to work with the correct muscle systems, the body, with careful practice, begins to correct itself and the pain due to poor posture begins to disappear. A renewed vigour for life arises along with more energy and freedom of movement.
More specifically some of the benefits that you can expect to experience are:
An increased awareness of your body and how your body moves.
A more balanced muscular system.
Better posture which can help alleviate chronic pain caused by poor alignment.
A flexible spine capable of moving more freely in all directions.
An increased range of movement in the joints.
Greater strength in the deep core postural muscles, thus creating a more structurally sound body.
Improved use of the breath, which allows body to receive more oxygen and eliminate more waste products, as well as being very meditative.
Reduced stress by clearing the mind and learning to be in the present moment.
And so much more…
PILATES FOR INJURIES AND PATHOLOGIES
Did you know that Pilates was initially developed as a therapeutic program to strengthen and balance the musculoskeletal system and restore range and ease of movement in the joints?
Throughout our programs, we help our clients regain their strength, alleviate the pain, enhance their posture and restore ease of movement. Here are some examples of medical conditions we help with:
Herniated or bulged discs
Osteoarthritis (OA, Degenerative Joint Disease DJD)
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Neck & Shoulder Pathologies
Hip Flexor injury
Total Hip Replacement
ACL Tear & Knee Pathologies
FAI (Femoral Acetabular Impingement)
Diastasis Recti (separated abs)
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Mechanical lower and/or upper back pain
PILATES & MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUES FOR INJURY PREVENTION
Avoid getting injuries in the first place. Pilates helps you realign your posture to its neutral functional state, strengthen and balance the muscles to support this posture and restore spine flexibility and range of motion in your joints. Muscle Activation Techniques work to activate the weak/ inhibited muscles to bring balance to your body. Combined with Pilates, your body will gain the balance, flexibility and strength you need to avoid injury.
Whether you do competitive sports or recreational sports, you will find Pilates will enhance your game and keep you off the side bench.
As for the rest of us, trying to go through our daily lives, playing with our kids or grandkids, shoveling snow or just trying to survive an ice storm without injury, you will find Pilates will bring balance, coordination and strength to your body and prevent you from getting injured.