The above statement was sent to me by email from a new client. She is touching on two subjects so I will discuss both briefly. First vertigo. I am not sure that I have ever seen any “scientific” article about the effects of Pilates on vertigo but I can tell you from my experience that Pilates can improve and alleviate almost any physical condition including vertigo. When our bodies are stronger, better aligned, more flexible and less strained our physical condition will improve. If you have vertigo, Pilates might not cure it, but it will certainly improve it because your overall balance will be better. A regular Pilates practice improves our body awareness. We have more control over our movements and we have a better idea where our bodies are in relationship to the space around us. Learning to move your body as a “unit” throughout a range of movements and motions with control, strength and ease can help you avoid sudden movements that can trigger vertigo symptoms like turning your head to quickly or tipping your head too far back. Even when you do have a bout of vertigo, your likelihood of falling should be less as your balance and body control improves. Only time will tell for this person if Pilates “cures” her vertigo or simply improves it. Either way she will be better off than before she started.
…the fact that I already look younger and slimmer as my posture improves is an unbelievable boon”. This is a comment I get a lot from clients who look and feel slimmer as posture improves. I don’t write about improved appearance often. I prefer to focus on how you feel rather than how you look. It’s not about being skinny, sexy, stacked or svelte. But let’s face it, we all want to look and feel our best. And yes, absolutely Pilates will improve your posture and flatten your “abs” so you will look and feel better…from the inside out. At Marlborough Pilates Studio Plus we put a great deal of value and attention on improving posture. Every movement and exercise is executed from a place of proper alignment and posture. So that standing posture improves and posture awareness improves. In fact we start every new client with a standing posture assessment.
There are numerous scientific studies that show how improved posture improves breathing function, blood circulation, lessens stress on joints and even prolongs longevity. We all know that poor posture is a major problem in our society. There is really no reason why anyone should suffer the adverse effects of poor posture. Anyone can improve posture at any time, at any age. You just need to learn how.
I have ever had a client say they feel or look worse after a Pilates session or series of sessions. Now that I think about it I have never had a client who didn’t have at least one area of improvement.
Do you want to look better? Feel better? Improve or alleviate some physical condition? Give Pilates a try, you will be glad you did. Simply comment or send a message for a free session.
For all those who regularly practice Pilates, please comment below about how you have seen improvements in your health, physical condition or mental well being.