In 1928, Joseph Pilates emigrated to the USA from Europe and coincidentally opened his studio in the same building as the New York City Ballet. The dancers of the company were among his clientele and they discovered that his Method was ideal for rehabilitating their many dance-related injuries. Soon his exercises became part of the dancers daily strength and conditioning routine, for ultimately preventing injury and future-proofing their bodies and in this case, careers.
Pilates for Prevention Today
Now practiced worldwide, the Pilates Method is ideal for preventing injury, not only in the dance world but can be extremely beneficial to both elite and amateur athletes of all ages. There are numerous benefits for the general population who want to enjoy a high quality of health and fitness throughout their lives and remain fit and active during retirement. As is the case in my own studio, many people use Pilates as an alternative to surgery such as joint replacement, spinal and shoulder surgery for example.
How Does It Prevent Injury for the General Population?
The Pilates Method focusses on developing both strength and flexibility and the strength comes from the inside first from the core or centre. This improves both posture and alignment whilst creating a highly developed sense of body awareness. This allows the body to function as efficiently as possible, with less wear and tear on the joint structures, thus making it less prone to injury. Balance and control are important components in Pilates and balance training is essential for preventing falls particularly as we age.
How Does it Prevent Injury for Athletes?
Pilates programs can be tailored to the individual athlete and firstly I look at any limitations or issues being faced and then adapt exercises accordingly so their bodies can cope with the rigorous demands of their training. For example, many water polo players require shoulder surgery due to the demands of the game, however with the appropriate core, glute and shoulder strengthening that Pilates provides this can be avoided. Runners often experience overuse injuries due to the high impact on their joints and need to improve their core and glute strength. Pilates is the perfect way to strengthen with little impact on the joints.
Is Pilates Suitable for Everyone?
Pilates really is suitable for everyone, but like anything worthwhile it does take time and commitment to master the technique, it's definitely not a quick fix, but usually, after 10 sessions you will start to see a difference. Taking control of your own health and fitness and future proofing your body is an empowering feeling. My Online Pilates Membership Site caters for all levels, so take the free 10 day trial - invest in your own health and wellbeing now!
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