The Benefits of Pilates

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Buff Bones class on World Osteoporosis Day 2016

Buff Bones class on World Osteoporosis Day 2016

What kind of benefits can one expect from practicing the Pilates Method? Pilates can help keep the body supple, strong, maintaining good balance and posture. Pilates focuses on controlled breathing and quality of movement. Unlike conventional workouts that emphasize quantity of repetitions with heavy weights that work the extremities (arms and legs), Pilates sessions work to build a strong “core”– deep abdominal muscles along with muscles close to the spine. The exercises are low-impact and weight-bearing performed lying down, sitting or standing and can be easily modified to accommodate abilities and physical concerns. Pilates teaches body awareness, control and stability working from a small range of motion to larger ranges of motion as strength and confidence increases. Why is this important? To quote famed actress Helen Hayes: “if you rest, your rust”. Balance and stability diminishes with age, joint replacements, medications and other medical conditions can all affect mobility and balance.

Pilates has proven beneficial for those with osteoporosis by helping to build bone and increase balance. BellaBody Pilates has championed osteoporosis awareness and is the only studio in Phoenix that is licensed and trained to instruct the Pilates for Buff Bones® method. Pilates has also been documented to slow or reverse the effects of debilitating diseases like Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis (MS). The mid-range motion of the exercises can help people overcome rigidity and become more limber. It can even help with brain traumas like stroke by helping to work the body symmetrically, improving balance and redevelop mind body connections.

In January 2017, BellaBody Pilates will be hosting “Pilates for Neurological Conditions”, a nationally recognized professional training course suitable for physical therapists, personal trainers as well as Pilates instructors. Please contact BBP for more information; a limited number of scholarships are available through the National MS Society, Arizona Chapter. BellaBody Pilates is the Pilates Center of Excellence in Phoenix offering a fully equipped studio with a variety of private, semi-private and group exercise classes.