What can Pilates do for you?
- More flexibility stretching all your muscles
- Gives muscle work of weight training without bulking your body
- Design a strong toned body, with a flatter stomach, longer, leaner, muscles and a more streamlined shape
- Improve your posture
- Relieve many aches and pains, lubricate stiff joints
- Allow your body to move more freely and be more comfortable in daily life
- Decompress your spine so that you can regain lost height
- Have an extraordinary feeling of well-being
- Increased mental alertness
- Improve your self-esteem
- Release stress
Pilates re-balances your muscles for better body alignment, and in doing so improves your posture.
- Weak muscles become strong
- Chronically overused muscles learn to relax
- Rounded shoulders begin to open and drop down
- Collapsed stomach muscles lift and strengthen to support your spine
- A slumped spine lengthens and straightens
- A rigid spine softens and regains its natural curves
Healing with Pilates
Your body stores all your emotions, whether good or bad, and this affects your posture. You hold your body differently when you are happy, from when you are sad or angry, and if you sustain a particular emotion for a long time, your body may retain that posture. For example, if someone feels a need to be protected, they may frequently round their shoulders forwards to protect their center. Over time, their pectoral muscles become short and tight, resulting in a permanently round-shouldered posture. Learning to be aware of your body doesn’t just mean learning how it moves, but also how it feels.
Through trauma, apathy or neglect, your muscles can lose their strength, ligaments lose their elasticity and connective tissue hardens. Since Pilates call upon the mind to move muscles with precision, it can help you to become more aware of the subtle connection between body and mind. By releasing our bodies through exercise, perhaps we can also heal our minds.