Clinical Pilates – how it can benefit you and your recovery.
Whole Body Movement is a fundamental principal behind Clinical Pilates. Functional movement patterns form the foundation for many daily activities. Whether training as an athlete, recovering from an injury or training to be healthy and have an active pain free lifestyle, Clinical Pilates is designed to help you move with ease and efficiency. ‘Clinical Pilates’ differs from ‘Pilates’ because it takes into account an individual’s specific injuries and physical needs while being guided 1 on 1 by your trained health care provider, as opposed to a general pilates class with multiple individuals.
Clinical Pilates is designed to address four major systems in the body:
- The Nervous system or ‘command centre’ which provides coordination for all our activities.
- The Skeletal System which provides structure and support.
- The Myofascial system which is the engine of movement allowing free and full movement.
- The Cardiovascular system providing the fuel for the engine.
Reformer Pilates has a reputation for providing incredible health benefits. In fact, there are at least 10 benefits from Practicing Reformer Pilates that are backed by studies and supported by science.
Improved Core strength: Core refers to the center of the body that encompasses the trunk and all associated muscles. Core strength is critical to posture, stability and movement.
Improved Posture: Promotes awareness of body alignment and emphasizes getting the body’s muscles to work together. The result is the ability to recognize and attain healthy position when sitting; standing; walking; crouching; bending, or in otherwise using ones’ body in everyday life.
Improved Balance: maintains awareness of body in space. From simply walking to more complex movements, balance can prevent falls and maintain coordination in all parts of the body.
Improved Immune System: Movement helps improve circulation, which in turn, promotes food breakdown; nutrient exchange and effective waste management with our bodies. This helps sustain healthy immune function and supports our system under stress.
Reduced Pain: Pain can be the result of poor posture; muscle imbalance or inflammation. By improving the underlying causes of this pain, Reformer Pilates can deliver relief from recurring discomfort.
Improves flexibility: Pilates, when compared to simple stretching exercises, improves the muscle’s ability to stretch. That flexibility contributes to a wealth of advantages, including, better balance, improved mobility, and an improved gait (walk).
Reduce risk of Injury: Muscles that are out of balance, either because they are weak or because they are too tight, are more prone to injury. Restoring the muscles to their proper roles within the body is one of the core advantages of Reformer Pilates.
Improves Mood: Pilates isn’t just good for the body. It can be good for the soul, too. Pilates releases endorphins into the brain. These chemicals provide a natural feeling of happiness and well-being. Pilates has been proven to reduce feelings of anxiety, fatigue and depression.
Improved Cognitive function: This approach to exercise can help your brain to work more efficiently. Studies discovered that these Pilates exercises delivered the following benefits:
- Increased blood flow to the brain
- Improved formation of neurons and neurotransmitters
- Lengthened neuron life
- Improvements in executive functioning, learning and memory.
Improved Motivation and focus: Bonus!!! One study looking at students found that those who participated in regular Reformer Pilates reported a stronger attention span and improved motivation to complete their studies.
Here at Trillium Integrative Health Centre, we understand and have been observing and experiencing the incredible benefits that Clinical Reformer Pilates exercises can offer. We offer Clinic Pilates with both Hannah Barnes, MScPT and Lisa Hendry, RMT. At Trillium Integrative Health we offer direct billing to many insurance providers, of which, many provide coverage for Clinical Pilates.
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