Benefits of Pilates and Massage

Benefits of Pilates and Massage

PILATES

Pilates incorporates the mind and body focusing on the core or center of the body as its strength. Through rhythmic breathing Pilates conditions the whole body to build strength and lengthen muscles. Pilates also creates greater muscular and mental coordination developing better posture, balance and core strength in your body. Many modifications in movements can be made allowing for the workout to be available for beginners to advanced always giving a challenging workout.  Pilates helps in preventing injury and increases sports performance. A body with strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. The exercises focus on the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Pilates shapes, tones, lengthens and aligns the body without adding excess bulk.

Both Mat and Equipment Pilates, such as the reformer, work to make your body stronger. Mat classes tend to be easier to find and available at most gyms, however as you improve it may become harder to challenge your body. With the use of a Pilates reformer you work against spring resistance which adds a whole new level of strength training to your Pilates workout. The springs provide support for more difficult exercises that you can’t get on the mat. This allows you to work muscle groups more deeply and specifically.  The use of equipment also adds more range of motion, which allows you to get more results from each exercise. Pilates with the use of equipment like the reformer works better and faster to change the body.

 

 

 

MASSAGE

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.
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Posted on August 14, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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