Muscle, Bone and Joint Issues: Pilates is a non-impact form of exercise that is easy on the joints with mat and apparatus resistance-based exercises that improve muscle strength, flexibility and control. Pilates lengthens, strengthens and stabilizes the muscles and joints through each exercise without overworking any one muscle group.
With the flow of one exercise into the next, Pilates incorporates changing positions that engage various muscles to help with balance and control. This leads to improved spinal stability, coordination, and alignment. Clients have reported better body awareness, improved ability to move, and less pain. Development of strong abdominal and back muscles and the buttocks (the “Powerhouse”) also improves muscle balance and symmetry.
Clients with pain stemming from excessive movement and degeneration of the spinal discs and joints are particularly likely to benefit from Pilates. Modified correctly, the exercises work to strengthen the muscles around the joints and discs and balance postural asymmetries. With improved strength, flexibility, and supported movement through the joints of the shoulders and hips Clients can prevent unnecessary torque on their spine.