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Pilates for Mind-Body, Back Pain and Much More!
By Writer and Pilates Instructor Megan Rau

Pilates: Defining the Very Art of Definition

Having struggled with illness for much of his Chiropractor Exercises for Sciatic Pain | Pilateschildhood life, Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates, was on a mission to heal the world through movement. At his core, Pilates believed that illness was caused by modern lifestyle, poor posture and improper breathing. The Pilates method addresses two of these principles in breathing and posture, which is why we hold this technique in such high esteem. Our lives revolve around poor breathing and activities demanding
poor posture, like computer work—Pilates offers us the tools necessary
to break free of these unhealthy patterns.

While often compared to yoga, Pilates differs in the following ways:

  • Pilates is less meditative and more exercise-focused and energizing
  • Pilates creates strength (especially core strength) without bulk and is great for weight loss, whereas yoga tends to focus more on deep intense stretching
  • Pilates involves the use of equipment (Pilates ball)
  • These minor distinctions aside, both yoga and Pilates share many common threads, such as: enhanced mobility, improved breathing and posture, stress reduction and greater mental and physical stamina.

    The Many Benefits of Pilates

    From triathletes and pro-athletes to exercise enthusiasts, Chiropractor Exercises for Back Pain | PilatesPilates is one of today’s most loved and effective methods of movement. It’s the go-to cross-training workout for many athletes, especially runners, cyclists, swimmers and dancers. But, most importantly, it’s a form of exercise that can be done anywhere, anytime and by anyone…including YOU!

    Whether you’re looking for a low-impact workout that’s efficient and
    easy on your joints or you want to gain strength and increase your flexibility,
    you can achieve it all (and more!) with Pilates.

    Here are just a few of the physical benefits of this mind-body method:

  • Helps develop full-body strength (with an emphasis on the core)
  • Vastly improves your flexibility and posture
  • Helps you achieve proper body alignment
  • Corrects structural imbalances
  • Reduces back and neck pain
  • Increase the mobility of your joints
  • Restores your range of motion
  • Improves your circulation
  • Prevents osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Builds long, lean and toned muscles
  • Need More Reasons to Get on the Mat??

    Pilates is also an exercise for the mind! A regular practice can help:Chiropractor Exercises for Degenerative Disc Pain | Pilates

  • Reduce your stress
  • Increase your energy
  • Improve your memory
  • Relieve anxiety and depression
  • Treat insomnia
  • Release emotional tension
  • Spark your creativity
  • Improve your confidence and body image
  • Pilates Resources

    Now is the time to begin practicing Pilates and create Chiropractor Exercises for Headaches | Pilatesbalance in your body…and your life! For great Pilates resources to serve as your foray into this wonderful discipline, check out the links below. Happy sweating!!

  • The Balanced Life series of workouts on YouTube: TBL YouTube page (click here) and a 50 minute Pilates class (click here)
  • For local Pilates classes in Lee’s Summit, consider the Zen Zone. They offer
    both yoga and Pilates classes and you can reach them online by clicking here.
  • For more information on Pilates, back pain or anything health-related for that matter, contact us at:

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