While the fitness benefits of Pilates are well known, there is another aspect of wellness, this form of exercise helps with too! It is beneficial for mental well-being as much as it is for a physical one. Pilates is a mind-body exercise regime that is designed to strengthen, lengthen and restore the body’s balance. It is a movement practice that not only builds a ‘strong core’ or perfect posture and promotes uniform development of the body.
Pilates For Physical Wellbeing
Physically, Pilates addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body which create pain and difficulty with movement. Pilates helps to retrain dysfunctional movement patterns in the body and eventually restores optimum physical function. Regular practitioners experience a heightened sense of body awareness and increased mobility. Research has proven that Pilates is the only movement practice that heals, strengthens and relaxes the body simultaneously.
Pilates For Mental Wellbeing
Mentally Pilates is considered to be a ‘brain booster’ that helps with an individual’s cognitive abilities. Exercises are done mindfully using the guiding principles of concentration and focus which promotes better communication between the brain and other parts of the body. This in turn helps practitioners to become more alert and sharper. The deeply focussed breathing mechanism used in pilates helps calm the mind and improves mood-boosting hormones and one’s resilience to stress.
What are the benefits of each for physical wellbeing? Both forms of Pilates ought to benefit the practitioner in ways more than many. This solely depends on the practitioner’s fitness and wellbeing requirements. It is important that one experiences both the classical and contemporary forms to gauge their personal experience and accordingly make a choice.
- Both forms of Pilates will incorporate the guiding principles or fundamentals of breath, concentration, control, centering, flow and precision to offer the below benefits.
- Teaches one to facilitate movement from the correct muscles and works on balancing muscle strength at the joint level.
- Corrects muscular imbalances and improves posture, coordination, balance, strength and flexibility.
- Increases breathing capacity and organ function.
- Promotes new neuromuscular patterns and heightened body awareness to move efficiently not just while practicing Pilates but with just about any movement one chooses to do.
- Prevents injuries, reduces pain and in some cases alleviates chronic discomfort/pain altogether.
- Accelerates fitness training and recovery periods thereby helps the body to work more efficiently.