Postural problems originating from a sedentary lifestyle can lead to back pain, and the gentle stretching and deep breathing of pilates can help in the return of fitness.
The exercises can also benefit sportsmen (golfers, skiers, swimmers, footballers, runners etc.) and there are numerous examples of improvement due to maintaining flexibility, strength and coordination.
Because pilates uses gentle resistance to improve muscular strength it can be ideal for older adults who can lose up to 50% of that strength betwen the ages of 30 and 80 if they do not work to maintain it. However, it is never too late to reap the benefits of strength training. In 1994 a Tufts University study (New England Journal of Medicine) showed that elderly participants improved their strength 113% within a 10 week period.
The core fundamentals of STOTT PILATES® are based upon a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the human body. The pilates teacher uses this information to create a comprehensive exercise programme for each client with the aim of restoring a greater sense of balance. It is this holistic approach that sets STOTT PILATES apart from many other forms of exercise. In fact Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and GPs are now recommending STOTT PILATES as one of the best forms of exercise to regain core stability and recover from injury, including back pain.
It can benefit the following conditions:
STOTT PILATES helps to:
Other benefits include improved flexibility, agility, coordination and body awareness, as well as increased circulation, reduced blood pressure, better joint mobility and improved posture. Studies have shown that this kind of exercise can help fend off cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, back pain and injury (La Forge 1998). Furthermore, pilates heightens concentration, relieves tension, and improves mood, as it actively engages the body and mind.
"Physical fitness can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase." Joseph Pilates
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