Pilates is a modern health-promoting training method for the whole body. With systematic stretching and strength exercises, Pilates strengthens both large and specifically smaller muscle groups and thus promotes muscle strength, coordination and the body’s sense of balance. In Pilates training it is essential to perform the exercises consciously, controlled and precisely. Thus Pilates also contains a concentration-promoting and relaxing component and thus combines wonderfully physical and mental training.
What conditions will Pilates help me with?
Because Pilates trains smaller and deeper muscle groups, it is ideal for the treatment of chronic back pain and the prevention of herniated disks and therefore has significant medical and health-preserving relevance. Pilates specifically trains the muscles that support and maintain the spine, the so-called autochthonous back muscles. The strengthened musculature can carry the body weight better.
As a result, everyday stresses and strains such as prolonged standing or sitting put less strain on the muscles, which means that symptoms of fatigue, which manifest themselves in pain, decrease or even disappear completely. Going to the gym, on the other hand, strengthens mainly superficial back muscles and contributes comparatively less to the support muscles of the spine. Pilates also benefits patients who complain of poor posture, commonly known as “hollow back” or “hump”, or even scoliosis.
Here, too, strengthening the spine support muscles compensates for severe curvature in the thoracic or lumbar spine area resulting from incorrect posture in everyday life, thus achieving an upright and healthy posture. Pilates also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles and the abdominal muscles. This is especially helpful for patients who suffer from incontinence, because the sphincter muscles, both of the bladder and rectum, can be strengthened through specific Pilates exercises and can thus “close up” more easily.
Pilates also helps against fatigue, nervousness and exhaustion. By making conscious, precise and controlled movements during Pilates, one also trains mental and emotional sensitivity. This has a stress-relieving and relaxing effect and promotes general well-being, with the result that stress and illnesses caused by stress are significantly reduced.
The exercises also promote the ability to concentrate. This can be a good alternative therapy for people who are often forgetful or absent-minded and want to counteract this. Of course, Pilates is suitable for anyone who enjoys sports and simply wants to exercise.