Why Clients are transitioning to Pilates and Stretching
Why Many Clients Are Transitioning to Reformer Pilates and Stretching
When clients first come to see me they often have concerns of having consistent pain or issues in the same areas on a daily basis! Nothing seems to be working for more than a day or two. They have tight, weak muscles, which they are most likely not aware of. They experience pain and stiffness. If you are experiencing the same issues, and find it difficult to sit in one spot for any period of time, You need NEW stretches and exercises! I have seen great transformations specifically training on the Pilates Reformer along with various stretches both on the machine and through therapist assisted stretching. The reformer is a machine that has been around for almost 100 years. It utilizes tension of the springs and a moving carriage that can be adjusted to different levels of difficulty.
As a Pilates instructor, I have been training clients and practicing it myself over the last 15 years. I have seen great improvements in:
** posture( better back health)
I am more aware of my sitting posture, including head and shoulder alignment by strengthening the muscles around the spine and core for stabilization.
IF YOUR BODY IS IMBALANCED, SOME OF YOUR MUSCLES ARE WORKING HARDER TO COMPENSATE FOR THE WEAKER ONES. THOSE OVER WORKED MUSCLES WILL QUIT AND THAT LEADS TO INJURY.
IMPROVE RANGE OF MOTION IN YOUR HAMSTRINGS, HIPS, AND BACK- these are all related. The springs and straps of the reformer assist in moving your body through full range of motion, better than you can achieve on your own.
REDUCE NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN WITH IMPROVED SUSTAINED POSTURE- Pilates strengthens the upper back muscles and stretches the chest and shoulder rotator muscles. With better posture, you appear taller and leaner. You will have less neck pain and tightness.
3.LESS STRENUOUS ON OUR JOINTS- this is beneficial for clients that have had past surgeries, or back and joint issues. Many exercises are performed lying down or seated. You progress into more intermediate moves using your own coordination and strength.
4. POPULAR WITH PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES- more professional sports teams are incorporating into their workouts. It also is a great form of cross training for any athlete. It’s rewarding as a trainer to see how increased flexibility can lead to improvements in everyday activities as well as athletic performance.