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Mental Health Benefits of Pilates

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Mental Health Benefits of Pilates

If you haven’t taken a Pilates class yet, you’ve probably already heard a friend or a colleague talking about their Pilates experiences and the many benefits that come with it, both physically and mentally. Pilates is a positive form of movement that all different body types are welcomed to try, so if you’re looking for a new fitness routine or if you’re not enjoying your current workout regime, you might want to try a Pilates class and experience the many benefits for yourself!

According to Joseph Pilates, inventor and creator of the Pilates method, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind…” Not only do you leave every Pilates class feeling like you’ve gotten a total full body workout, but you also leave with a happier and, therefore, healthier mind.

If you’re trying Pilates for a new fitness routine, or if you are suffering from lower back pain, or if your physical therapist recommended doing Pilates for post-injury rehab, there are benefits for anyone and everyone. Some of these many benefits include:

  • Muscle strength and tone
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Core control and core strength
  • Coordination
  • Mobility and stability
  • Helps with lower back pain
  • Better posture
  • Helps prevent injuries
  • Becoming more in tune with your body
  • Stress relief
  • Relaxation
  • Mental clarity
  • Happiness

If trying out a Pilates class sounds like a fun and interesting workout to you, you might want to consider taking a Pilates Reformer class. The Reformer is the most well-known piece of equipment invented by Joseph Pilates, and offers each Pilates student all the different benefits of Pilates in a variety of different ways. This is because of the set up of the springs on the machine. Each spring provides a different level of resistance. There are some exercises where a heavier spring tension creates more work for the body in terms of strengthening, and there are some instances where heavier spring tensions can be more assistive for the body. The same is true for exercises that require lighter spring tensions.

The different spring tensions and the way the Reformer was built makes Pilates possible and available for everyone – no matter what your fitness level is. For every exercise, there are modifications that are suited for people with specific injuries and also for people in special populations such as Osteoporosis, Stenosis and Pregnancy, to name a few. This makes Pilates the perfect full body workout created just for YOU and YOUR body! It’s time to get on a Reformer and see what all this Pilates hype is about!

Lexie Bicknell


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