What do you think of when you hear “Pilates”? Lithe dancer’s walking through the Pilates studio door? Or fit, young and vibrant women only? In this article, we’re dispelling the myth that studio Pilates is for young, fit women and dancers. Anyone, yes anyone can join a Pilates studio class. Here are 5 reasons why you should join a Pilates studio class.
Can Pilates benefit everyone?
Yes! Joseph Pilates created the method as a form of rehabilitation for wounded soldiers. With springs attached to hospital beds, Joe Pilates helped them recover from war injuries. Men, not women, were the first students to practice Pilates. And, let’s remember, the method was also created by a man. Pilates isn’t just for women, men can equally benefit from the method.
At ProHealth, many Pilates students began as physical therapy patients. After physical therapy, clients move into Pilates studio classes. Pilates has no limits of age, size, experience or mobility. It’s adaptable to all levels from the absolute beginner to professional athlete.
Here on the ProHealth blog, we share many Pilates before and after stories of clients coming into PT with injuries and physical issues impacting their daily life. Tracie Lofgren came into ProHealth using a walker after spinal surgery. With her consistent hard work and the help of ProHealth owner, Karyn Staples, Ph.D, Tracie now walks independently. She’s a regular in Pilates studio classes and continues to build her mind and body through Pilates.
5 Reasons to join a Pilates studio class
Pilates is a mind/body practice and does take concentration. But let’s not forget to have fun and enjoy ourselves. You’re there to improve the quality of your life through movement and caring for your body. Enjoyment is a big factor in making any form of exercise a consistent practice in your life. If we aren’t enjoying it, it’s harder to stick with it over time.
2. Wave Goodbye to Back Pain
Studies show Pilates may be more effective in alleviating lower back pain than traditional exercise. Pilates focuses on core muscles of the abdomen, back and pelvic floor. Often, back pain stems from core muscles that need strengthening. Tightness in the back can also lead to pain. Pilates exercises both strengthen and stretch your muscles, reducing back pain. The exercises work the entire body, creating well balanced and strong muscles.
3. Pilates Adjusts to You
Who’s been in the gym or a fitness class feeling like everyone else knows what they’re doing-except you? Pilates studio equipment and the unfamiliar movements look intimidating. Push past your hesitation. Pilates is one of the most accessible and inclusive forms of exercise.
Pilates studio instructors adapt exercises for each student that walks through the door. Modifications and equipment props help each student succeed in class. Pilates instructors become teachers because they’re passionate about the method. Most are happy to answer questions about how to execute something well or how to make it work for your body.
4. Improve Your Digestion
Pilates keeps your digestion moving. During a Pilates studio class, the digestive track stretches and opens up. Allowing for a smoother digestive system. Some exercises create a visceral massage, aiding in the body’s ability to detox. Lower toxins may reduce stress, which also helps our body digest food well. Be sure to drink water after class to restore hydration and further help your digestion.
5. Pilates Reduces Stress
Most people agree they carry stress to some degree. Pilates is an excellent way to combat it. The mind/ body practice of Pilates requires concentration to execute movements well. When we focus on our body, in the moment, we can’t worry about everything else. This brain break can lower anxiety we have in other areas of life.
Conclusion paragraph: Pilates is a great way to get in shape, improve your posture and alignment, and increase your flexibility. If you’re looking for an exercise routine that can benefit everyone – regardless of age or fitness level – Pilates Studio is the perfect place to start. Sign up for a class today and see how Pilates can help you reach your health goals!