Pilates for Stress

Pilates has many physical benefits as many of you will know but did you also know that Pilates is fantastic for mental well-being too?
As it’s Stress Awareness Month I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for me to talk about how Pilates can reduce stress.

What is Stress?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood.
The chemicals that are released are Cortisol and Adrenaline, this causes your heart to beat faster, your blood pressure to rise and your breathing to quicken. This is your body’s way of preparing for fight or flight.

How does Stress affect your body?

Everyone does experience stress from time to time and long term stress can take a toll on your health. Health issues can include;
Anxiety
Depression
Insomnia
Back and Neck Ache

Stress is the number one cause of many mental and physical issues.

How can Pilates help to ease Stress

There are three ways in which Pilates can help to reduce stress.

1) Improves Concentration – In a Pilates class you are taught to coordinate moving and breathing which will help you to concentrate and focus rather than your mind worrying about other things.

2) Teaches you Mindfulness
As I mentioned above, Pilates helps you to co-ordinate moves and breathing and mindfulness can be achieved when you slow down, breathe and really ‘feel’ your muscles working. This focus and being in control will help to reduce stress as your mind will purely be focused on this.

3) It targets tense areas of the body – Pilates is all about stretching and strengthening your core and targeting the muscles to align nicely around your spine. Pilates will help you to relax your shoulders, work your abdominal muscles and strengthens your back to help relieve any tension. Also because Pilates works your posture it will help release upper back tension.

So, if you do suffer with stress then please consider Pilates as a way of reducing and managing it. For more information please visit my timetable.

Or email me at info@helenpybus.com.