Pilates

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What is pilates?

Pilates has become popular in recent years as a holistic exercise. Pilates can be utilized as an all-inclusive physical activity for active and healthy aging. Pilates incorporates dynamic movements requiring balance, stability, and mobility together. As a form of exercise, Pilates has been demonstrated to have direct benefits on both physical and mental health through improvement of posture, flexibility, muscle tone, cardiovascular function, weight management, and stress reduction.

There are six principles of Pilates that include:

  1. Breathing
  2. Centering
  3. Concentration
  4. Control
  5. Precision
  6. Flow

What are the benefits of pilates?

These benefits are observed not only in the healthy population but also in those with specific disorders, such as

  • Chronic low back pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Breast cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease

Pilates exercises include a mind–body component and focuses on

  • Respiration
  • Body control and
  • Accuracy of movements

It promotes an expanded range of motion, balanced muscle development, and improved balance with functional movements. Other health-related physical fitness dimensions include:

  • Strengthening of the lumbopelvic region
  • Increased flexibility of the ribcage
  • Breathing exercises that can help improve cardiorespiratory fitness

In research, Pilates has demonstrated benefits for mental health, resulting in changes in participants’ exercise beliefs as well as physical and psychosocial parameters.

Pilates exercises are based on movement control, which can lead to changes in the nervous system through alterations of synaptic connections and cortical remapping. Physical changes have been shown to improve:

  • Static and dynamic balance
  • Lower body strength
  • Hip and lower back flexibility
  • Cardiovascular endurance
  • Core stability and make an individual more kinesthetically aware of how to reduce faulty movement patterns

We find that Pilates can be a phenomenal exercise routine independently and has been shown through medical research to help improve quality of life, strength and balance. At PhysioFit of North Carolina, we utilize Pilates as a basis for functional movement control and through our Gentle Pilates approach, it is a great way to introduce you to safe and effective movements.