Many injuries are caused by muscular imbalances within our bodies. Many things cause these imbalances – our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out. Elite athletes, chronic illnesses, aging and joint replacements and daily life contribute. Most of us move incorrectly in some way or another, which puts too much pressure on some muscles and weakens others, causing an imbalance.
Take the back, for example: the way we move may put too much pressure on the spine, while weakening the pelvic muscles in the front of the body or vice-versa. Either scenario creates an imbalance, which means the body is much more perceptible to serious strains, pulls, tears or worse.
Pilates exercises promote an even musculature throughout the body by strengthening the core. The core is considered the “center” of the body and consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Pilates also stresses spinal and pelvic alignment, which is critical in getting us to move the way we’re supposed to move to avoid injury.
Professional athletes and centurians all benefit from Pilates. The equipment provides support when we need it and challenges when we are ready. It creates long, lean bodies that are resilient to injury, rotate, bend and recover faster.
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