Why I Chose Pilates

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As a Health &Fitness professional over the last 30 years I often think about how I got into Pilates.
Having taught everything from Step, Aerobics, Yoga and, latterly, Les Mills BodyPump & BodyBalance I found myself with a bad back in my forties and preparing for a back operation with trepidation.

I had to wait for three months for the operation and my surgeon suggested Pilates, not believing it would work I decided to give it a go. I can honestly say that it changed my life and cured my back problem resulting in no operation. The result I had was so amazing that I decided to train to become a Pilates Instructor in the Pilates Classical method.
I have not looked back and found the classes I teach very rewarding. As an instructor of other disciplines, you can use the Pilates method in all your classes, as well as everyday life.

I believe it will make you a better instructor and the benefits to your customers are potentially life changing.
Pilates can really make a difference to your health without taking its toll on your body. If you want to be more flexible, stronger and well-balanced Pilates is a great option.

Please see below the benefits you and your class will learn and enjoy for a healthier, stronger and more flexible lifestyle, to say nothing of the stress release.

The Benefits of Pilates

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Pilates can really make a difference to your health without taking its toll on your body. If you want to be more flexible, stronger and well-balanced Pilates is a great option.

Pilates improves posture

Neck ache, backache, headache, even stomach ache – you name it, most aches occur as a result of bad posture. In Pilates this is called alignment, as you correct your alignment or posture, you will find you put less pressure on sensitive joints such as knees and hips, for example. As a result, you are also less likely to suffer a strain or injury.

Pilates and improving flexibility

Pilates focuses on movements while stretching. This means the muscles are warm as you stretch, allowing you to stretch farther with less pain. The more flexible you are, the less muscle tension you will endure. You will also enjoy better blood circulation as the blood can flow more freely around a body that is not stiff or stuck in one position most of the time.

More muscle power with Pilates

The slow and deliberate movements of Pilates might not seem likely to produce strength in the same way as lifting weights might, for example, but in fact Pilates strengthens the whole body in a way that weight training does not. It strengthens your core muscles, not just your arms and legs, making you stronger overall.

Get a better-looking body with Pilates

With a straighter back, a tighter tummy and better overall muscle tone, you will look leaner and taller. What’s more, because Pilates does not focus on just one part of your body you will see changes all over.

Reduce stress with Pilates

Pain and bad posture can add to your stress levels and not only does Pilates help alleviate those problems, it also works to calm you. As Pilates focuses on breathing, you become mindful of your breath, of your body and muscles and it becomes like a form of meditation. You will enjoy better sleep once you start doing regular Pilates partly because it is calming but also because your body is not full of physical or psychological tension.

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