Pilates – Strengthening the human body and mind

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Strengthening the human body and mind

The all over body work out was first founded by Joseph Pilates in the 20th Century and was originally developed for super fit Ballerina’s! Pilates has taken the world by storm and has been modified to suit a variety of people; from athletes to desk workers, people with back pain to no pain, and people wanting to improve their strength, flexibility, muscle tone and appearance!

So, what is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise regime involving low impact exercises to suit any level of fitness. Pilates offers many benefits for so many people… it becomes addictive!!

Building core strength – In Pilates you are not looking to ‘build massive muscles’ but to ‘engage muscles’. Building a strong core and improving postural muscles helps to improve your body, your quality of life.. and cosmetically improves appearance!

Pilates increases flexibility, meaning you may be able to finally touch your toes! By increasing the length of your muscles, this facilitates a greater range of movement within the joints, reducing stiffness, pain and allows you to feel free and amazing!

Pilates will dramatically improve your posture. You will become aware of your body and learning to engage the correct muscles. This is especially important if you have a desk-based job or manual job, which can lead to postural imbalances. Sustaining a good posture eases tension, reduces fatigue, reduces pain and prevents injuries.

Pilates offers many psychological benefits, including relaxation and mindfulness, which is crucial in the busy world we live in today. Pilates is known to reduce stress levels and anxiety by releasing hormones, such as endorphins and serotonin ( the happy hormones!)

Improving your balance –  Unfortunately, getting older or sustaining an injury may result in balance becoming a little more challenging, potentially increasing the risk of falls. By strengthening the correct muscles this will help maintain healthy, strong bones and muscles to keep you active and safe.

Here at The Back and Body we are trained in Clinical Pilates, which means that we offer Pilates for everyone! We welcome all levels, from complete beginners to the absolute experts, males and females, young and mature, pain or no pain! We adapt exercises to meet individuals needs and we get hands on, focusing on the tiny muscles you didn’t know you had! We encourage a happy, fun and positive environment, allowing you to leave stretched, strengthened and full of energy.

We have classes at Hardingstone Village Hall and Moulton Community Centre on a variety of days and times.

Rachael Barber (Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor)
Contact the clinic on 01604 493066 or email pilates@backandbodyclinic.co.uk