We have all heard this term before, but many forget the implications. Movement is proven time and time again as the best mode of therapy for prevention and treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions.
The Pilates method is a wonderful form of movement therapy that is proven to have numerous benefits for the physical body and mental clarity. It is effective in reducing aches and pains, making everyday tasks become easier and we feel more agile, energised and motivated to maintain an active lifestyle. Moreover, studio Pilates classes cater for your individual requirements.
Pilates classes are wonderful for this as it allows your body to move in a large magnitude of patterns and ranges promoting strength, control and flexibility throughout the entire body.
Dynamic strengthening is a term used to describe strengthening through movement. This is more beneficial than static strengthening eg. holding a plank, as it is more relatable to the strength we require for most every-day tasks.
Control gives us the ability to be consistent and adapt our movement patterns as necessary eg. carrying heavy shopping bags, bushwalking through uneven terrain or playing with and picking up small children.
Flexibility decreases the likelihood of injury as we are supple and mobile to accommodate different environments and positions. Rigid, stiff joints and muscles are more susceptible to injury through either acute, unforeseen events or overuse wear and tear. However, if joints and muscles are lax and weak, then we are equally susceptible to injury as if they were stiff, as we can’t support the forces running through the joint ie. landing from a jump, throwing/catching.
The key to flexibility is the ability to maintain strength and control through the entire range of motion about a joint. This is a great focus and attribute of Pilates.
Exercises that are great for building strength and control through large range of motion include legs in straps (Pilates Reformer and Cadillac), hands in straps (Pilates Reformer and Cadillac), mermaid, scooter, standing side splits, lunges, step-ups, around the world and many more.
If you have any questions please always feel free to ask one of our fabulous Pilates Instructors in the Neutral Bay Studio.