Why Is Pilates Good For You?

Why Is Pilates Good For You

Pilates is a low impact style of exercise developed in the first half of the 20th century by Joseph Pilates. This form of exercise is not a fad and although it did fall out of fitness fashion in the 1980s it has remained a popular and go to exercise regime for almost 100 years - once you’re hooked you’re hooked. In this article we are going to explore all things Pilates and answer the question everyone is wondering, why is Pilates good for you?

5 Reasons- Why Is Pilates Good For You

It increases strength & flexibility

A great benefit of Pilates is that its low impact exercises are effective at building your strength and flexibility and it is known for its emphasis on creating a strong core. Improving your core strength can help to decrease back pain, hip pain and decrease pelvic floor dysfunction too. 

It helps improve your posture

Another reason why Pilates is good for you is that it is a good way to improve your posture. Posture is the difference between weak and imbalanced muscles as well as headaches, back and shoulder pain. Pilates focuses on the alignment of the body's muscles and range of motion at the joints. By regularly exercising these areas through Pilates, your posture should begin to improve.

It decreases stress

Pilates has a big focus on control of breath and mind body connection. By improving your mindfulness you are able to regulate your nervous system better allowing you to take better control of your fight or flight response - it really is meditation for body and mind. Over time this helps in reducing stress.

It helps relieve symptoms of menopause

We cover this point in much more detail in a previous blog post called ‘symptoms for menopause, how Pilates can help relieve them’. The reason why Pilates can help to relieve menopausal symptoms is it reduces stress on joints, promotes relaxation, improves mood and enhances sleep. And provides the body with incredible discipline not just for the hour or two doing Pilates but your day to day movement too. 

Other Reasons Why Is Pilates Good For You?

  • Breath control
  • Decreased back pain
  • More energy
  • Better body awareness
  • Reduced menstrual pain
  • Better mobility and range of motion
  • Improved balance
  • More motivation and better mood
  • Improved sleep

Why Pilates Is Good For You With Reformer Retreats

Reformer Retreats is a boutique retreat organiser that provides luxury Pilates breaks. Led by expert classical Pilates teachers there is so much to learn regardless of your experience. The weekend retreats are jam packed with Pilates sessions and relaxing activities that compliment each other perfectly so you get the best results from your stay. Some additional benefits of attending Reformer Retreats Pilates breaks include; meeting new and likeminded people, being inspired by what you learn, what you see, what you can do by the end of the weekend and learning more about your body and they way that it moves, wellness talks focusing on issues relevant to women in the peri/menopausal stage of life. 

To find out more about our upcoming Pilates retreat head over to our page where you can see the full itinerary and images of the stunning hotel and location.