Joseph Pilates (1880 – 1967) was a man who believed completely in his method and practiced what he prescribed to others well into his eighties. Even as an older man he was quite robust and vital until his death at the age of 87. His method – Pilates - in a quiet persistent way, can have the greatest effect in gathering the body together to prevent many of the age-related accidents, like falls. It promotes a greater sense of balance and core strength and enables the body to maintain that at a more effective level.
When it comes to getting motivated to go to an exercise class or the gym I believe it is fair to say that there can be a reluctance for quite a lot a people. Best intentions to be fitter and healthier often coming second place to old habits. I think we’re all guilty of saying “I’ll start next week” when talking of a new regime.
Whikst embarking on more challenging forms of activities sucj as cliff climbing, skiing, wake boarding and mountain climbing, it is predominantly the arms and legs that have to be strong enough to enable the participant to do well at their chosen sport.
It has become more recognised and accepted that Pilates can pay an important part in a client's treatment plan when it comes to managing their ongoing condition. Working alongside other health professionals' benefits can have a hugely positive impact on their life.
It’s most definitely that time of year when we all take a close look at our diet and lifestyle habits, and debate the changes that we can make to ensure a healthier year ahead. It is no surprise then that it is now we find that the gyms are at their busiest as people throw themselves into a tough fitness regime to achieve their fitness and/or weight loss goals quickly.
Often, by the time a client starts Pilates sessions with me, they have already been in pain for months - if not years.When asked why they haven’t looked to help themselves before now, the answer is usually because they haven’t had the time.