PILATES : BODY CONTROL
My personal experience with Pilates.
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Pilates back in the early 1980s when very few people had heard about it. I was working out regularly at my local sports center , but would often experience low back ache the next morning . This only encouraged me to work out even harder under the misguided notion that I had to develop my back muscles even more in order to support my spine to stop it aching. This proved to be futile and caused further regular discomfort .
At this point my partner suggested Pilates to me .
There were very few places in the early 1980s but she mentioned a studio that had been running for several years in London. I promptly booked myself in for an hour's session. That one hour session totally changed everything that I had ever thought about in terms of looking after and maintaining my body. That one session was enough to resolve my lower back ache .
Pilates compliments Osteopathy.
Pilates is concomitant with osteopathy which provides a profound understanding in anatomy and most importantly , in body mechanics. With this knowledge the application of Pilates style exercises can be channeled into resolving long standing mechanical problems. It is a wonderful way to capitalize on a treatment by improving and maintaining joint mobility by regularly servicing the muscles with key Pilates actions to break the body out of a cycle of regular destructive habits.
The Benefits of Pilates
- Improved flexibility, strength and joint mobility.
- Co-ordination and balance.
- Postural improvement .
- Stress reduction.