WHY PILATES?

Who can do Pilates?

What are the benefits?

Pilates is a unique wellness program that incorporates elements of other disciplines into one comprehensive package.

  • Like weightlifting, working against spring tension provides an element of concentric and eccentric muscle contraction developing strength
     

  • Bi-lateral and unilateral work, often at the same time, efficiently strengthens the weaker side of the body
     

  • Dynamic stretching lengthens the muscles and improves range of motion
     

  • Flexion, extension, lateral flexion and twisting of the spine and limbs improves mobility and posture
     

  • Whole body movement teaches the body to move efficiently instead of focusing on a single muscle group
     

  • Basic forms can be combined into an endless number of exercises
     

  • Improvements build exponentially
     

  • You’re never too sore to DO LIFE.

Why improve your balance?

Pilates is accessible to all people, young and old, male and female, athlete and couch potato, healthy and injured, and all can benefit from practicing Pilates.  

  Balance is defined as an even distribution of weight enabling someone to remain upright and steady.  Evenly distributing weight is related to joint mechanics and strength of each side of the body.  Ever been told that a muscle imbalance led to compensation from another muscle group?  Remember how compensating with the wrong muscle led to overwork and pain?  

  Ever found that you can’t stand on one foot? Especially as you age, poor balance poses a threat to more fragile bones.
 

  Once injured, the recovery time can be longer. A competent Pilates instructor can assist you to use and strengthen the proper muscles and educate you on joint mechanics. 

  Studio KDRX teaches the authentic Pilates method which has long-term measurable and perceived benefits of improving coordination, strength, mobility, efficient movement, proper posture and joint mechanics, sense of well-being and enhanced quality of life. 

Why improve your flexibility?

When you think of exercise and fitness, you probably think of hitting the gym and working up a sweat.  But you might also want to think about improving your flexibility.  Being able to fully move your joints is just as important as strength training or getting your heart rate up.  

Here’s a few reasons why improving flexibility enhances your quality of life:

  • Improve your posture – did I say it’s all inter-related?
     

  • Helps you relax – like a comforting massage!
     

  • Improves blood circulation
     

  • Helps you move better, enjoying life to the fullest!
     

  • Reduces the incidence of injury and who likes to be on the sidelines?

Why improve your posture?

  Remember your momma telling you stand up straight?  Did she ever teach you how?  Probably not!  We usually think of posture as the way we stand and carry ourselves and the source of first impressions.  

  There is WAY MORE TO IT!  Poor posture can lead to PAIN… shoulders, neck, lower back, sciatica, and more.  Sedentary lifestyles and excessive use of electronic devices can cause a plethora of issues.  Prevention Magazine claims that poor posture can deepen depression, cause career problems, constipation, and stress, cut off circulation, make you look heavier, and increase risk of disease. 

Pilates brings it all together

  If you took a few minutes to read about this amazing method, you start to understand why Pilates is not just a stretching program.  It’s a whole body wellness program.
 

  Improvements in strength, flexibility and balance are cumulative.  The results realized from working and stretching simultaneously typically last longer than other modalities.  

If you want to improve your overall health, reduce pain, improve performance, give Pilates a try!

A recent Harvard study showed that good posture led to increased testosterone levels and decreased cortisol levels.  Likewise, slouching led to a decrease in testosterone and increase in cortisol levels – resulting in low self-confidence and high stress.Slouching compounds the problem by encouraging shallow breathing and causing more stress. 
 

Pilates focuses on effective breathing, spine flexibility, core strengthening, and results in better posture.

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