NASHUA, NH – Pilates is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of exercise today. It is a complete body workout for people of all ages and fitness levels. It is low impact, with no sudden jarring movements to injure your joints.
Pilates combines both stretching and strengthening exercises to achieve a balanced and healthy body. It incorporates the deepest abdominal muscles during every exercise to create a strong “core,” or base muscles, to support the rest of the body. The controlled, precise motions of the arms and legs effectively strengthen the core (otherwise known as abdominal, back, and pelvic floor muscles), while toning the entire body.
“Pilates has sparked an interest in the medical community, especially with physical therapists,” said Marie Theodhosi, a Certified Pilates Instructor and Physical Therapist with St. Joseph Hospital Physical Therapy Department. “Research has shown the importance of training the core muscles.”
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Strengthening the core muscles is essential to the success of treatment for most orthopedic conditions, including neck and back pain, as well as many women’s health issues, including stress incontinence and post-partum recovery. “Patients suffering from other conditions such as fibromyalgia and osteoporosis can benefit greatly from gentle Pilates exercises,” said Ms. Theodhosi.
While Pilates will clearly benefit you on the outside with a longer, leaner appearance and a flattened tummy, it’s the improved posture and deep core strength that truly make a difference in the quality of life. “Anyone from beginner to elite athlete can benefit from Pilates core stabilization techniques,” explained Ms. Theodhosi.
“While Pilates is gentle and for all fitness levels, it is important to take Pilates from a qualified instructor who can teach you the correct techniques and progress you safely,” she said.
Source: The Nashua Telegraph – www.nashuatelegraph.com (Nashua, New Hampshire)