Stroke: The most common physical dysfunction as a result of stroke is the paralysis of one side of the body. Depending on the degree of paralysis and once physical therapy is completed, clients can benefit from Pilates and its focus on centering and strengthening the deeper core muscles. With the use of spring resistance training on different apparatus the work facilitates rewiring of the nervous system through the controlled flow of movement, muscle stability and alignment.
Pilates benefits stroke survivors in another important way: Most stroke survivors intuitively hold their breath as they learn to move their bodies again. Pilates emphasis on controlled breathing with each movement boosts physical efficiency by oxygenating the muscles and helping facilitate movement.