6 Benefits of Pilates

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6 Benefits of Pilates

Pilates as an exercise form was the brainchild of Joseph Pilates, a fitness enthusiast from Germany. Joseph’s main objective was to create an effective form of conditioning which would promote core strength and flexibility in a safe manner.

Pilates focuses on the core but is very effective at not only improving strength all over the body but at improving mental functioning.

Here are 6 of the main benefits of Pilates.

 

Pilates helps improve back pain and bad posture

Find yourself hunched over your computer all the time? Finding you frequently have back or neck pain? Pilates can help strengthen those under-used muscles by stabilising the core’s lumbar-pelvic region and encourage alignment of your spine. This will help you sit up straighter and ward off chronic pain in the future.

Pilates acts as a gentle introduction or reintroduction to exercise

If you have been away from exercise for too long either due to ill health or injury. Pilates can act as a gentle conduit to reconditioning and retraining your body again. Pilates takes the focus off the injured areas of your body and what you can’t do, and focuses on what you can do. You can take small steps to start off with and gradually increase effort as your body becomes used to the exercise.

Pilates doesn’t add pressure to knees or joints

Hooray an exercise that makes your joints feel better not worse! Pilates consists of slow and controlled movements, low impact and low intensity which means that people of all ages can join in.

Pilates helps increase flexibility

In one particular study held in Brazil, a group of young women (without any Pilates experience) were asked to perform a sequence of 20 Pilates sessions. Each of these women were tested for flexibility in a series of tests at the end of the study and on average their flexibility had increased by a remarkable 19.1%.  You will notice better flexibility in your back, hip and hamstrings especially.

Pilates can help increase neural activity and memory performance

Pilates is not all about the body in fact Joseph Pilates was known to refer to it as the “thinking man’s exercise”. It encourages precison, concentration and memorisation by building foundational principles that produce mindful movements.. These five foundation principles are Awareness/Control, Concentration, Breath, Flow, Precision and Centering. You can rest assured that every Pilates session will move you one step forward to feeling smarter and stronger.

Pilates can improve your sport performance

If you are a keen tennis player or golfer you may not know it but will lean towards a muscle imbalance due to the one-sided nature of these sports. As with you posture, Pilates will help strengthen your weaker underused muscled while helping relax your tight overworked muscled, encouraging symmetry and alignment.

 

Our team of instructors at The Oast work to ensure classes are working with your specific needs and the small classes or 1:1’s mean you will get the most out of your sessions. If you’d like to book into one of our sessions just call us on 01795 43 77 10 or book online here.

 

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Osteopathy: Did You Know it Treats Pain Wherever It Is?

Osteopathy

Many people are aware that osteopathy can be successful at treating back pain but were you aware that osteopathy can also be effective at treating many other aches, pains and injuries?

You may not know that the prefix ‘osteo’ comes from the Greek word for bone and ‘pathy’ which means suffering, disease or disorder. This description can be in reference to a wide variety of ailments and as such osteopathy has a diverse number of applications. It acts as a safe, natural and gentle form of treatment which focuses on releasing the tensions in the muscles and joints and tissues.

Here are some other examples of how osteopathic treatment can be helpful.

Headaches or Migraineswoman with headache

If you have been experiencing sharp and recurring headaches, your neck may actually be the real cause even if your neck seems to be pain free.

Your osteopath is trained in effectively assessing and treating headaches that are a result of neck injury. They will be able to use a combination of techniques to help gently manipulate the joints and muscles around your neck which can prove be far more effective than medicated relief as the consistent use of pain relief medication can often be the cause of headaches in the first place.

Arthritis

arthritis handsArthritis is inflammation and degeneration of the joints which can be particularly painful and unrelenting. Different parts of the body can be affected such as the pelvis, hip and back and these can often have an impact on each other. For example an arthritic hip can cause problems with posture which can then put pressure on the knee.

Osteopathic treatment does not by any means cure the actual arthritis but what it can do is help reduce the pain and improve the range of movement in the joint to help make the pain less noticable.

Tennis or golfer’s elbow

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In other words, a repetitive strain injury in the extensor muscles of the forearm. This type of injury is usually caused by improper technique (sorry if that’s not what you wanted to hear!)
Your osteopath can help not only diagnose the injury but can also provide you with a course of treatment in order to relax the muscles in the forearm, in the form of massage. They will also be able to provide you with some exercises that will help stretch and strengthen the forearm too. You will be back in the swing of things in no time!

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These are just some examples of the aches and pains your osteopath can help diagnose and treat. If you’d like to speak to someone then give your Oast osteopath a call today on 01795 43 77 10 or contact us here

 

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