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Pilates is much more than an exercise for vanity. There are so many benefits for those who have suffered and injury. Not only does Pilates help you come back from injuries stronger and faster, but its proven time and time again that Pilates is a key to prevent future injuries as well.

Pilates on the Reformer creates a very controlled environment that provides clients with an ability to manipulate gravity and supply assistance to movement that might normally be too fatiguing to execute. Pilates also combines the principles of breathing, core strengthening, alignment, integration and spine articulation, which offer an opportunity to re–align and transform the body and mind.

Many would suggest that providing a positive movement experience without pain might be the single greatest contributing factor to successful outcome in anyone who has or is suffering an injury. A positive outcome signifies a return to activities that were limited prior, which leaves one with a sense of happiness, hope, empowerment, and optimism.

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Here are 4 reasons why Pilates is excellent for Injury Rehabilitation.

  1. Control: Pilates is such a safe and effective training program for rehabilitation, because all the movements are done with such control. The movements work in cohesion with spring resistance, and require you to maintain a neutral spine. Plus, there is 100% focus on continually keeping a strong core.
  2. Positive movements: Pilates teaches clients where their body is in space and helps them to find the best sequence to complete movements. Positive reaffirmation of movements allows one to re-learn appropriate ways to complete movements that decrease stress on injured areas. This is extremely empowering to have to ability to move in confidence after being injured. Learning how to move correctly again in the Pilates studio helps clients take their confidence and move correctly during everyday activity, decreasing the chance of future injuries.
  3. Conscious breathing: Pilates has you continuously aware of your breathing, Correct breathing helps the diaphragm to stabilize the trunk.  Also, correct and conscious breathing will help you to breathe into your injured areas, helping to slowly relieve pressure points and provide better circulation to the injured areas.
  4. Restores muscular balance: Muscle imbalances are a huge component to injuries There are many things that cause these imbalances – our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out. Most of us move incorrectly in some way or another, which puts too much pressure on some muscles and weakens others, causing an imbalance. The great part about Pilates is that it addresses incorrect movement patterns, promotes even musculature throughout the body, and helps you to move in correct and aligned movements that will not only help to heal your injuries, but will help prevent future injuries.

If you have injured yourself and are considering Pilates, it’s important to make sure that you book a 15 minute consultation with Andrea to assess the best plan for you. You can contact Andrea here.

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