Did you know Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, who as a child was plagued with physical problems? As a young man he developed a system of exercises and movements to promote his own physical wellbeing and then started to share this with the world.
He said: “We retire too early and we die too young. Our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.”
According to this statement this would make me still a child.
Joseph Pilates also said: “Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.”
So what Joseph Pilates is basically saying is to get up, move and take responsibility for our own wellbeing because it cannot be bought. Often it is not until you start getting aches and pains do you realise that your fitness and health is your wealth.
If you are suffering from any aches and pains in the body, you probably have a degree of stress in your body too. Joseph Pilates made the bold claim that he never needed an aspirin, and suggested that others who practiced his exercises wouldn’t need any either.
While that radical claim may not be for everyone, it does lend credence to the idea that Pilates relieves pain. In turn, that would help de-stress you and promote your wellbeing. Many of my clients would also agree with that statement too.
Pilates promotes fabulous posture with strong core muscle to support your beautifully aligned body. Many health and medical practitioners agree that chronic pain can result from the body being misaligned, often aggravated by tense muscles. That muscle tension can pull bones and joints (especially the spine) out of their correct positions. The body then tries to compromise with more muscle tension to pull the bones back where they belong.
If you are suffering from any aches and pains in the body, you probably have a degree of stress in your body too. Muscle relaxation, strengthening and stretching are key component of Pilates. This will really help you as the body takes on stress during the day and helps prevent tension taking hold of the muscles and getting the body out of whack.
So an answer to your stress, aches and pains (if you have any) could well be pilates but obviously see a medical professional first if you have any issues. Why not create a Pilates habit to help you better manoeuvre throughout the day comfortably and confidently?
“If your spine is stiff at 30, you are old. If it is flexible at 60, you are young.” Joseph Pilates
For stress relief and well-being we not only want a strong, aligned flexible body with a strong core centre but also harmony as a complete package in our mind, body and soul.
“The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors.” Joseph Pilates
So let’s keeping things moving and we must talk soon,