Sedentary lifestyles, stress, illness and injury can all cause imbalances in the way that we move and function.
Over time, our bodies compensate and adapt to these faulty movement patterns; joints sit out of alignment and muscles become tight, lengthened or weak, rendering us less efficient and (in many cases) less comfortable movers.
The human body is wonderfully clever. We are amazing, adaptable living organisms! However, this does mean that our habitual and compensatory movement patterns can sneakily go unnoticed for a long time.
Stiffness, restriction and pain are often an indicator that your body has been working hard at functioning in sub optimal alignment with unbalanced musculature. In the absence of addressing the root cause of your discomfort, the occasional ‘niggle’ of pain can eventually become part of everyday life.
Pilates exercises (when executed with the core principles of the method in mind) address imbalance and alignment by mobilising, stabilising, lengthening and strengthening the whole body, all in the pursuit of making us strong, stable, effortless movers. We are each one body, connected from the top of our heads to the tips of our toes. My Pilates classes will therefore always address the body as a whole.
Pilates is beneficial to all, regardless of age or physical ability. With a suitably qualified teacher, you will be able to work towards a wide range of goals dependent on your current situation, including:
- Recovering from or managing illness, surgery, injury or chronic pain
- Improving balance, coordination, flexibility and strength
- Improving posture and muscle tone
- Complementing sports/athletic training with release and strengthening work
- Safely exercise both during and after pregnancy