When new clients come to my Pilates classes, I always ask about their goals. The most common ones tend to be to increase core strength and improve flexibility, with close runners up being to tone up, improve posture, reduce back pain, or improve the pelvic floor. Pilates can help with all of these things.
The surprise benefit - and that which is reported to me most often after people have been coming for a while - is how well you feel for doing Pilates. People leave with a sense of ease in the body, and have an enduring sense of wellbeing. The emotional benefits of setting aside an hour in a busy schedule are valued by Pilates devotees, and it becomes a priority in their lives. While there is no overtly spiritual dimension to Pilates, it involves mindful movement, like a physical meditation. A state of psychological flow is often reached, where you become fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus and enjoyment as you concentrate on the precise movements. Spending time in the zone can help you to progress more effectively in what you are learning, and also feel greater happiness and emotional wellbeing.
Distractions can prevent you from fully connecting your mind and body, so here are my tips for getting the most out the mind-body connection in Pilates:
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