Balance. Noun. A state of equilibrium or parity; a harmonious or satisfying arrangement
Busy is the new normal. It’s too easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of daily life and getting our heads stuck planning the future or over analysing the past. We all need more balance in our lives. And Pilates with its emphasis on the Mind Body connection and focus on strength, flexibility and control gives you space to breathe and find your balance – both physically and emotionally.
Pilates exercises ask you to use as much mindfulness as possible in every movement. And particularly if you’re living with neurological issues like Parkinson’s or MS, Pilates has a ton of benefits for you:
Pilates exercises strengthens those deep core stabilising muscles which are super important to help your balance, correct posture and improve spinal and pelvic stability.
“Keep in mind that you are not interested in merely developing bulging muscles but rather flexible ones. Bulging muscles restrict flexibility because the over developed muscles interfere with the proper development of the under-developed ones” Joe Pilates
And finding your balance is also key if you have Osteoporosis. A disease where increased bone weakness increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly. The real danger with this condition is the falls that can cause fractures.
Pilates exercises but particularly Pilates apparatus which uses resistance is perfect for people with osteoporosis. The resistance creates stronger muscles to work against, Pilates helps our spine’s lift and lengthen to give more space and improve posture and stability. We need strong bones that can bear our weight and allow us to move. And bone, like muscle, strengthens in response to forces it has to resist. Working against gravity, working with spring resistance and working our balance play a major role in strengthening our bones.
You just gotta get the balance right.
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony”
Written by Instructor, Clair Starkey