Make Text Bigger Make Text Smaller Reset Text Size
Home arrow Articles

Using Pilates to deal with Back and Neck Pain Print E-mail

Most of the Pilates mat exercises strengthen the muscles necessary to properly support the spine and bring an awareness about what proper posture actually is. It's not enough just to do Pilates mat exercises; if you want to improve your posture and heal your back pain, you must incorporate Pilates into your daily life. You must translate the Neutral Spine, the feeling of length and the Abdominal Scoop into your desk job. If you can incorporate the deeper Pilates concepts into your daily life, you'll notice changes immediately — in your back pain, in your posture and in your sense of wellbeing.

Pilates for Arthritis Print E-mail
Knee joint with arthritis

Pilates can help people with arthritis in many ways. It reduces joint pain and stiffness by increasing flexibility, muscle strength, cardiac fitness, and endurance. It can also help with weight reduction and contribute to an improved sense of well-being. Pilates can be a part of a comprehensive arthritis treatment plan. People with arthritis may be less fit, weaker, and less flexible and have more pain than necessary.

Pilates for Weight Loss Print E-mail

Will Pilates help with weight loss? A very good question and the answer is suprisingly - Yes.

Pilates and the Spine Print E-mail

The spine supports the weight of the body and has a natural S shape that absorbs shock and enables it to move freely. Our lifestyle often involves long periods of sitting in front of a desk/ computer screen/ television. This encourages the spine to move out of its natural shape and often causes pain in the back, neck or shoulders.

Pilates Kingdom - The Ultimate Pilates Resource Print E-mail

Pilates (pronounced: puh-lah-teez) improves your mental and physical well-being, increases flexibility, and strengthens muscles. Pilates uses controlled movements in the form of mat exercises or equipment to tone and strengthen the body. For decades, it's been the exercise of choice for dancers and gymnasts (and now Hollywood actors), but it was originally used to rehabilitate bedridden or immobile patients during World War I.

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that seeks to build flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination without adding muscle bulk. In addition, pilates increases circulation and helps to sculpt the body and strengthen the body's "core" or "powerhouse" (torso). People who do pilates regularly feel they have better posture, are less prone to injury, and experience better overall health.

Pilates Poses

Joseph H. Pilates, the founder of the pilates exercise method, was born in Germany. As a child he was frail, living with asthma in addition to other childhood conditions. To build his body and grow stronger, he took up several different sports, eventually becoming an accomplished athlete. As a nurse for Britain during World War I, he designed exercise methods and equipment for immobilized patients and soldiers. In addition to his equipment, Pilates developed a series of mat exercises that focus on the torso. He based these on various exercise methods from around the world, among them the mind-body formats of yoga and Chinese martial arts.

Joseph Pilates believed that our physical and mental health are intertwined. He designed his exercise program around principles that support this philosophy, including concentration, precision, control, breathing, and flowing movements.

There are two ways to exercise in pilates. Today, most people focus on the mat exercises, which require only a floor mat and training. These exercises are designed so that your body uses its own weight as resistance. The other method of pilates uses a variety of machines to tone and strengthen the body, again using the principle of resistance.