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Why Should You Go to Pilates?

Abbysan Yoga & Wellness Center

With seemingly half the celebrities around the world getting their pictures taken leaving Pilates classes, and perhaps your friends and neighbors reducing aches and pains and becoming fit with Pilates, you might be wondering about Pilates lessons for yourself.

What do you expect from a Pilates class?
Most people will answer with something vaguely along the lines of “a core workout”. The truth is that Pilates works more than just your core — your entire body workout and a mindful way of exercising your muscles.

Restructure Your Core

Your core isn’t just your abs — it’s your entire body from your diaphragm all the way to your pelvic floor. Pilates can help make your abs stronger or give you better muscular endurance in your core. Although the focus of a Pilates class is primarily on your core, your inner unit “powerhouse“, the class at Abbysan centre will also work your back, chest, arms, legs, neck, and feet!

Postural Balance

Technology has created a generation of back and neck pain. Pilates programs are praised by everyone from athletes to office workers for their ability to develop strength and correct posture in the key areas of the body such as hips, lower back, upper back, and neck.
 
By releasing the typically overactive areas of the chest, upper shoulders, thoracic spine (upper back), and hip flexor muscles as well as activating and strengthening the gluteals, abdominals, and shoulder stabilizers will help to counteract the effects of slouching.
 
All of this significantly improves dynamic stability – the ability of the body to hold itself in better alignment for longer, maintaining an upright posture, stability, and responsiveness. 

Rebuild Muscle Tone. Not Bulk.

Celebrities consistently credit Pilates as the reason for their toned muscles. It makes your arms lean and toned. A great butt is a great asset for everyone its helps in maintaining pelvic stability, knee alignment, power in jumps, speed when running and make your buttocks look good in tights of course. Pilates builds longer, leaner muscles making you stand taller and look slimmer! 

Regain Sensory-Motor Control.

Pilates includes balance and standing work. Most of us don’t move our spines in all different directions. A Pilates class will take your spine and neck through a gentle various range of motions (flexion, rotation, extension, and lateral flexion). If you feel tight from sitting or standing all day, these movements will get you loose and limber again.
 
We will activate the muscles in isolation and then progressively work them in more compound and dynamic functional movements (movements that you are likely to perform during your daily life), this will help you regain the control over your movements. 

Equipment or No equipment… it works

All kinds of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility, and balance. The reformer is the key to achieving long, strong muscles without bulk. The exercises on reformer provide enough resistance and movement variety to help build strong bones.
 
Yet, you don’t need equipment — you can do a Pilates workout on Mat anywhere. Although Pilates can use a full studio, it can also be done just with your body weight. We can put together a custom pilates routine for your holiday hotel rooms. Let us know!

Dancers and Celebrities love it.

Pilates is the exercise of dancers. Think of the bodies you see in movies or on the stage — if you want long, lean muscles like the dancers, then this is the workout for you. Celebrities consistently credit Pilates as the reason for their toned muscles. It makes your arms lean and toned. 

Best fit for Prenatal or Postnatal.

Not only important for mums and mums-to-be, Pilates will strengthen your pelvic floor, which is a vital muscle for everyone. Your pelvic floor gives you control over your bladder and bowel, but can be weakened by childbirth, obesity and also if you lift a lot of heavy weights.

Athlete and Sport’s Conditioning

Pilates was initially developed as a rehabilitative tool. Joseph Pilates was a German gymnast, born in 1883, who dedicated his life to teaching his exercising techniques, believing that poor posture goes hand-in-hand with poor health. He believed that by having awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, we can strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles, and reduce stress.

Elderly are not exceptions.

Elderly people have many risk factors due to aging and lack of exercise. 
Decrease in balance, gait disabilities, and falls are most common and greatly affect their mobility in day-to-day life.
 
Balance ability is a very complicated function that maintains positions through diverse functional elements, and intervention of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. In general, various sensory-motor neurons interact in response to changes in gravity, the base of support, vision, and physical stability, and the external environment, resulting in instability of the body.
 
Mat-based Pilates helps elderly males and females improve trunk stability, dynamic balance, and significantly decrease the sway length and sway speed.

Elderly are not exceptions.

Elderly people have many risk factors due to aging and lack of exercise. 
Decrease in balance, gait disabilities, and falls are most common and greatly affect their mobility in day-to-day life.
 
Balance ability is a very complicated function that maintains positions through diverse functional elements, and intervention of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. In general, various sensory-motor neurons interact in response to changes in gravity, the base of support, vision, and physical stability, and the external environment, resulting in instability of the body.
 
Mat-based Pilates helps elderly males and females improve trunk stability, dynamic balance, and significantly decrease the sway length and sway speed.
 
Clinical Pilates Is Beneficial In;
  • Chronic Low back pain (LBP)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)
  • Post Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Treatment
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Degenerative Disorders like Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.

Supervised Under Dedicated Instructor.

The ideal way to keep up with your training is to have an instructor design a bespoke program of exercises for you to keep up with in between your sessions in the studio, and plan a review session every so often to make sure your technique is still sound and you are getting the most out of your training and in time you’ll be amazed by the results.
 
Our instructors are certified Pilates instructors as well as hold bachelor’s degrees in physiotherapy and naturopathy. We can create bespoke rehab and exercise programs for our clients with injuries or postural issues.

Word Of Caution.

  1. If you have an injury, consider doing a few one-on-one sessions with one of our Pilates specialists first to learn the basics. On a personal level, always remember the rule that if something hurts, don’t do it.
  2. Attending classes throughout pregnancy also significantly helps and speeds up the process of getting your body back in shape after childbirth. However, as with any type of exercise, always check with your doctor first, and remember to tell your trainer that you are pregnant before commencing class.

Abbysan Studio is located at the entrance of the boat lagoon in Phuket, offering highly effective body sculpting pilates workouts. 

Based on various studies indicate people who practice Pilates with good technique over time see the following benefits:
  • Improved flexibility and mobility.
  • Trunk stability.
  • Core and pelvic floor strength.
  • Injury prevention.
  • Improved posture.
  • Improved coordination and athletic performance in some sports.
We feel most rewarded when our clients achieve their goals, especially those who became pain-free or having more ease of movement.
You can also visit the following research links for your reference
Pilates: how does it work and who needs it? [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3666467/]
The Effects of Pilates Mat Exercise on the Balance Ability of Elderly Females.[https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3944308/]
Effects of modified Pilates on the variability of inter-joint coordination during walking in the elderly. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5276783/]
Effects of Clinical Pilates Exercises on Patients Developing Lymphedema after Breast Cancer Treatment. [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5351459/]