Popular questions answered
Why should I do Pilates?
Why shouldn't you do Pilates? It would be a shorter answer!
Pilates is a great all-body workout. It's great for core strength, flexibility, joint stability, injury/surgery rehabilitation
Regular Pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance, and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes, including dancers, Pilates can complement training by developing whole-body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates will help with all-over body strength, focusing on the core/abdominals. Pilates will help your mood, you will never regret your Pilates session. It helps with flexibility & joint stability. It's great for hormonal balance and osteoporosis. Relieving stress and tension. It's also been found to be good for managing pain.
Taking time out of your week to lie down, breathe, focus on your muscles, and then move is the perfect antidote to a hectic lifestyle. It can calm your nervous system whilst working the whole body. People come into a class stressed out and leave in the opposite mood.
Is Pilates good for weight loss?
Yes, alongside a low-calorie diet
Is Pilates good for lower back pain?
Yes! Pilates Strengthens the muscles that surround your back Pilates consists of exercises that target the smaller stabilising muscles in the glutes, abdominals, and back. These muscles act as stabilisers for your lower back which can reduce your pain and help to protect your back from further injury.
What makes Pilates so effective is that it addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body that lead to back pain. Issues like lack of core support, pelvic instability, muscular imbalances, poor posture, and lack of body awareness all affect back health. They are also issues that the Pilates method specializes in helping people improve.
"My back used to hurt all the time and now I don't feel it anymore" is a phrase we hear a lot from people who do Pilates consistently.
Is Pilates good for over the 60s?
Yes For the older generation keeping fit & exercising is essential. Pilates is ideal. It is an exercise that can be done by any age.
It makes no strong demands on the cardiovascular system It is great for strengthening the whole body and balance and therefore great for osteoporosis.
What is the difference between yoga & Pilates?
Both Pilates and yoga are low-impact exercises, but there is one important difference. When practicing yoga, you typically adopt a position and hold it, or flow into a different position.
In Pilates, you adopt a position and then challenge your core by moving your arms or legs. Both approaches increase strength and flexibility.
Yoga focuses on more broad muscle groups than Pilates, which mostly focuses on the internal muscle groups.