The many benefits of Pilates are well documented and as a result its popularity has grown hugely in recent years. So why is it so popular?
It’s for every body
Whether a sports person wanting to better their performance, a sedentary professional looking to improve their posture or a retiree keen to keep active Pilates is relevant for all. It can be gentle but effective in improving mobility and balance in the older population or challenging and energising for the more able.
Improves posture, ease of movement and coordination
Building better body awareness, or proprioception, is the first step in improving posture. Understanding what good posture is gives the individual the ability to correct themselves so that better movement becomes a habit. With improved posture, movement is more fluid, the body works more efficiently and with less effort required the muscles don’t over work to keep you balanced and coordinated.
Aids recovery from injury and improves mobility for sufferers of many conditions
People often come to Pilates after an injury, particularly back problems, as it is a very effective tool for rehabilitation, building muscular strength to support the body. It can also improve bone density therefore reducing the risk of osteopenia developing into osteoporosis. It helps to maintain good mobility for many conditions brought on with age such as arthritis, as well as improving strength for those with other joint conditions.
Versatile for your needs
Pilates is incredibly adaptable, whether in a studio on the equipment, in a group mat class or privately in the home it can suit most budgets and with the minimum of equipment.
“Carol has taught me Pilates in a small group for at least 6 years. It has helped me immensely to keep supple whilst enjoying the serious stretching combined with care and giggles. I can’t recommend her classes enough .She has always been professional and her enthusiasm for Pilates is boundless.” – Sarah Andrews (Tunbridge Wells)
“Carol has been fantastic at helping me understand my body better and how it moves. The classes are always challenging but enjoyable, and have a good level of individual help.” – Karen