Thank you so much for joining me today. I wanted to share with you today in greater detail about two of the six principles of Pilates:
Focus and Concentration.
You’ve undoubtedly heard about the phenomenon of ‘runners high’, where after a certain amount of time (and sweaty effort) the runners body is awash with endorphins – the feel good hormone. We all know the mental health benefits of exercise and these benefits aren’t restricted to aerobic exercises like running. Pilates also offers mental health benefits. Pilates can offer you so much more than a strong centre. To quote Joseph Pilates “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.”
To start and maintain a dialogue with your body requires expert guidance, and needs your full attention. You can’t mindlessly go through a workout here like you could do at a gym aerobics class. You are learning how to use your body in the right way for you, guided by an expert. But what does this mean for mental health benefits?
What this means is you are guaranteed to have a 90-minute break from all the stresses of your life: professional, personal, private. It doesn’t matter; you can’t worry and focus on your Pilates workout at the same time. You need to focus your attention; you need to concentrate on moving specific muscles precisely. While you’re working your way through your Pilates workout, you’re getting the benefits of meditation while improving your flexibility, your posture and your strength at the same time.
Add in the peace of a traditional Pilates studio like ours with classical music, art on the walls with small class sizes and you have an extraordinary place to focus on you and absolutely nothing else.
If that sounds like something you’d love to benefit from, why not get in touch? Thank you so much for joining me today!