Pilates: Improve your Mental and Physical Health
We have a new class with a great instructor. Pilates – it’s the best yet!
Ten Reasons to try Pilates
- It will boost your flexibility and joint mobility
- It is NOT a cardio workout
- It will make your muscles stronger
- It is a low-impact exercise
- It begins with simple exercises and can advance to new levels at your pace
- It can be done in a chair or on the floor
- It can be done in a large class or alone
- It requires NO special equipment (maybe a mat)
- It is good for your mental health as well as your physical health
- Trish Shipley, our Pilates instructor is “always encouraging and excels at teaching”.
Trish taught an introductory class last month to a standing room only group of interested residents. It was easy to see that there was a strong appeal for this new class. Trish is a certified PiYo and Yoga instructor and one of Springmoor’s favorite Wellness Center assistants. Her smile is contagious and her enthusiasm keeps you going!
She describes Pilates as a routine to strengthen your core: the muscles “from your neck down and your knees up”. There are no weights used with these exercises – your body becomes the weight or the resistance. When your core is strengthened, you are less susceptible to falls and injury. It helps improve your posture, flexibility and balance.
In Pilates, your arms and legs are lifted against gravity to strengthen each set of muscles. The core-focused exercises require no more than two inches of lifts. You may be sore the next day but that’s OK. You will be challenging a muscle that needs a workout and after a few sessions, it will be stronger without soreness. With each class, you will be challenged to try a new routine. Trish says there are hundreds of exercises she can add to the workout. She will be gentle and guide you through the next steps at a healthy pace.
Breathing is a central part of Pilates. As you learn the deep breathing routines with each lift your movements become more fluid and graceful. Your alignment is strengthened and your stress is reduced. The muscles are elongated with these exercises. The whole body gets a work out as all muscles groups are emphasized. Many professional athletes are now incorporating these routines into their fitness training to lessen injury in their sport.
Joseph Pilates, son of a prize-winning gymnast and a naturopath, developed this system of exercises in the early 20th century. He strongly believed in the relationship between the mind and the body. Alignment, breathing and developing a strong core were his keys to success.
“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” – Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.
Once you’ve tried this Pilates class, you will put it on your calendar every week! Trish says that you will find a 15% improvement in your mental and physical abilities when your exercise and your mind are thinking together. You will be amazed at how much better you feel!