Who can benefit from Pilates?

Many people are often surprised to hear that both men and women ranging in ages from teenagers to senior citizens can benefit from Prahran Pilates, regardless of their current level of fitness. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, fit or out of shape, flexible or not, Pilates is one of a handful of exercises which can benefit everyone.

Pilates for both men and women:

If you think Pilates is only for dainty women with ballerinas’ bodies, then think again! While most Prahran Pilates studios tend to be female-dominated, and flooded by a wave of women as soon as the doors to the studio open, Prahran Pilates also holds a myriad of benefits for all the men who rise to the challenge! (Yes, Pilates can be challenging!).

In fact, Pilates itself is a discipline that was created by a man, Joseph Pilates, who came from a background of boxing, self-defence and wrestling. The first people to reap the benefits of Pilates were also men, soldiers from war who were recovering from war derived diseases, and since then, Pilates continues to be a form of supplement training for professional athletes, both male and female, all around the world.

Pilates for all ages:

The ability to modify exercises to meet differing needs, along with the many benefits of the Pilates method, such as increased levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and well- being, make Pilates an inviting exercise program for teenagers through to senior citizens (after all, Joseph Pilates continued practicing his method well into his eighties).

Keeping fit and mobile is essential, especially for seniors. As we get older, movements which can help with balance, stability, control and overall fitness are ideal to keep us at optimum health.

Pilates for pregnant women:

Pilates Prahran classes are particularly beneficial for women who are pregnant as they are designed to strengthen the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles are stretched to make room for the growing baby. This may weaken the muscles, particularly the deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles.

Prahran Pilates help support pregnant women by strengthening the lower abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and thus building core stability, which takes the stress off the lower back and pelvic floor, and may even help position the baby for delivery.

Pilates for rehabilitation and injuries:

As well as being used to boost strength and flexibility, Pilates is now widely practised as an injury rehabilitation method on a global scale to restore muscular imbalances and help rehabilitate people with injuries.

By strengthening the deepest muscles of the core, optimizing alignment, and creating correct

movement patterns, Pilates classes Prahran can help to strengthen parts of the body which have been injured, whilst also helping to prevent re-aggravation of those injuries and the development of new ones.

Pilates for dancers:

Prahran Pilates classes serve as an excellent form of supplement dance training for dancers, as the small, precise movements are designed to strengthen the body, reduce the possibility of injury, rehabilitate damaged muscles, while strengthening the core and improving flexibility.

Health benefits of Pilates:

Prahran Pilates offers a number of both physical and mental benefits that can completely transform your body and mind. Just to mention a few, you can expect improved flexibility, balance and posture, increased muscle strength and tone, better blood circulation and breathing, improved stabilisation of your spine, better mental clarity, increased body awareness, as well as better concentration, stress management and ability to relax. To hear more about the benefits Pilates Prahran, see our ‘Health Benefits of Pilates’ article.

Pilates can benefit everyone:

One of the best parts of Prahran Pilates is that it can truly benefit everyone. All Pilates exercises can be modified to meet the needs of the individual, which means everyone is welcome, regardless of their fitness level, flexibility, or age. Regardless of if you train with the Pilates equipment, reformer machine or just on the mat, you can always adjust the motion and intensity to your own personal level.