• Sue, Your Yoga

Should I start Pilates?

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

"What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?", "what even is Pilates" and ”would it benefit me?”

I get asked all of these questions regularly at our studio, and in all honesty, I need to work on my response (hopefully this post will help)! When asked, I tend to pause and wonder how on earth do I explain what Pilates is in a few sentences!

So here I go, my new "go to" response.

Pilates can be looked at from many different angles, and because of this diversity, it makes it difficult to encapsulate exactly what it is. But here's my attempt, from my own perspective (as most of us know how to google things). All the searches will tell you that Pilates covers the art and science of human movement as it relates to the Pilates method.

But let me bring it to life for you...

I have practiced Pilates for many years, and very quickly understood the benefits from a personal level. Pilates helped me in all the other areas of fitness training I have been involved with. For me, I can make Pilates a good cardio workout, or focus it around fat burning, and crucially, it can be a great way to develop strength and stability. Even beyond this, it can develop balance and coordination, and help to take control of essential elements of breathing (something most of us actually need to work on!) and with increasing mental focus.

Pilates can be purely mobility and flexibility, and is absolutely necessary for longevity. I also know this to be true from a highly personal level using some techniques with my own mum! My mum is now in her late 80s, and sometimes, she falls over. Getting an elderly person to help themselves up off the ground can be something that actually saves their life, and we've used these techniques to help her with this, giving her the confidence to get around! I know I am a real pain when I ask her daily if she’s done her exercises, but we know how important this can be. Another huge benefit of daily Pilates practice.

But there's more. Some of you may know that I have been ill for the last few months. I developed severe pneumonia and other complications, so my last few months haven't been great!

I was coughing relentlessly for hours every morning, and again in the evening and in the middle of the night. This went on for a number of weeks- and I even ended up in hospital! The coughing and the inability for me to perform my daily exercise routine had taken a massive toll on my general health, and I quickly noticed that there was a definite weakness in my pelvic floor and posture.

I wanted to bring this to your attention to make you aware that pelvic floor exercises can be a crucial addition with all types of training, including running, weight training, agility based training and countless other sports! Improving mobility, stability and strength around joints is essential for you to perform at your best, whether that means sports performance, or simply pain free and fulfilling daily living!

It’s NOT just for women! Pelvic floor weakness can affect both men and women, and it’s your responsibility to learn how to activate and engage the pelvic floor to manage common issues including stress incontinence and more common but less discussed issues.

All these things can be improved greatly with Pilates. I can't wait to get back to teaching Pilates again (which I’m hoping to very shortly), and to help others to gain the huge benefits available by including this in there exercise routine.

If you're ready to start seeing the benefits today, we have a Pilates class with Sharon at the studio. Sharon has a wide range of experience, and her class is suitable for male and female clients at all levels of ability.

We also have a “Brand New” class- BARRE training with Ben.

This incorporates movements from Pilates and dance! Please note this is not a dance class. It’s a fantastic workout, and it is not for the faint-hearted!

In addition to this, I'm extremely pleased to announce that we're bringing Pilates reformer classes later on in the year. So, back to the question- "what is Pilates?". The real question is how do I start?! Book now.

See you at the studio!

Sue x

P.S. I am excited to announce we have already purchased our Pilates reformer equipment, which will be in a second “private studio” within the current facility.

#pilates #yogaburnley #healthyhabits

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