Pilates is a powerful low-impact exercise method designed to help overcome imbalances in the body. It's a great full body work out as well which focuses on postural alignment and deep abdominal/core strength.
Pilates can be an important addition to your exercise routine whether you love participating in sports, Bootcamps, HIIT, CrossFit, running, or yoga. Practicing regular Pilates can help to develop a more mindful, strong, mobile, lean and energy-efficient body.
Below are some of the benefits you can experience through regular classes or personal sessions:
Improved strength and muscle tone
Pilates is a full body workout that develops a stronger back and core which also improves pelvic stability. Developing that core strength will enhance any other types of fitness training you are doing, and can manage any lower back pain and tightness in general. The use of body weight and small props aid in developing stronger, leaner muscles. Focusing on core and deep abdominal contractions encourages muscle toning.
Pilates is a mindful exercise method, that concentrates on using breathing to control smooth movement. There’s a strong focus on correct alignment of the pelvis, spine and head. Increased body awareness allows you to focus on the quality of movement and will transfer to other areas of your training and life. Quality in Pilates is far more important than the quantity of repetitions you would perform.
All exercises have an element of focused breathing to optimise core strength and mindful movement. But it’s also the improvement of your posture and the ability to stand or sit taller that will encourage better, deeper breathing.
Improved mobility and flexibility
Pilates exercises have a component of lengthening and stretching that reduce muscle and joint stiffness which also improves joint mobility. This can be a great area to work on for those who engage in regular high impact sports or exercises like Bootcamps, CrossFit and HIIT classes, and can help to reduce the risk of injury.
Improved muscular control and balance
Some exercises will challenge your arm and leg co-ordination and engage certain muscles for movement. This emphasis on target muscle work aims to improve imbalances and movement control in the body. You’ll also be working on your smaller muscle groups that aren’t usually focused on in fast paced exercise sessions.
Safe rehabilitation of lower back and neck injuries
Pilates is safe, low impact and will be taught by a fully certified instructor who also has a degree in Sports Therapy, and a good knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body and injuries. The APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) Pilates exercises have been modified from the traditional form to suit people who have lower back pain/issues and can be used in a rehabilitation setting.
Meet THE AUTHOR
Dipti Mistry is a UK trained Sports Therapist and a certified APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) Pilates Matwork Instructor, and holds a Certificate in Ante and Post Natal Pilates.
She specialises in sports injuries, from assessment to full rehabilitation while incorporating the Pilates principles into her programs. She believes in the importance of encouraging energy efficient movement patterns and postural/body awareness which reduces the risk of further injuries. Through Pilates she has developed a deeper understanding of chronic over-use problems and postural/muscular imbalances that are often related to lower back pain, shoulder and neck issues. As well as clinical practice, she has also worked alongside professional and amateur teams in football, field hockey, rugby, tennis and athletics in London and Singapore.
- BSc (Honours) Sports Therapy
- Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute Mat Level 3
- Certificate in OMT Dry Needling
- Certificate in Athletic and Kinesiology Taping
- BA (Honours) Dance Studies