Benefits of Pilates

Pilates will benefit anyone wishing to improve their total fitness, posture, appearance and relieve stress. It is equally suitable for most men and women of all ages and fitness levels as it can be tailored individually to suit each person.

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It is particularly suitable for the middle aged and elderly as the exercises are low impact and partially weight bearing, which is good for the prevention of osteoporosis. Pilates is perfect for arthritis sufferers. It can enable them to maintain muscle strength and reduce stiffness in the muscles and improve joint mobility.

Those suffering from back pain, back ache and other back problems are a very common reasons for clients to attend classes. At least three in five of us can expect to suffer back pain at some point in our lives and Pilates can help alleviate existing problems and help to prevent future problems by strengthening core muscles and making us aware of how the way that we move can stress the spine.

It can also help those who suffer from poor posture, neck and shoulder pains, rounded shoulders and those who are desk bound and inactive. Many of us spend hours each day hunched over computers, steering wheels or doing repetitive activities such decorating and sports and as a result suffer from chronic neck and shoulder pains. By using Pilates to improve your posture and movement habits you can solve the underlying problem and alleviate the impingements that can be the cause of pain.

Pilates is also suitable for pregnant women, since it is a safe, low impact exercise that tones and strengthens the back, stomach and pelvic floor muscles. You should always check with your doctor before doing any kind of exercise during pregnancy. It is also an excellent way of helping new mothers regain their body shape and tone by gently stretching muscles back into place.

Pilates can also benefit those needing pre and post operation strengthening, those suffering from stress, injuries, scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and those referred by their doctor, physio, osteopath or other practitioner.