In this months blog we discuss how Pilates can help you keep stress at bay at this hectic time of year. We can all feel the pressure of a growing to-do list. Something has got to give, and a lot of times that ‘something’ becomes your self-care/workout time. In times of stress it is more important than ever to make time for yourself.

You can’t pour from an empty cup, folks. And Pilates in particular, has an amazing power to calm AND energise you at the same time. How many times have you gone to a Pilates class with just a ton of sh*t on your mind, almost annoyed that you have to be there?

But then, when class is over, you just feel better. More in control. Ready to deal with whatever life throws at you.

Here’s how Pilates can help you feel less stressed….

1.Gives you much needed ME time

While you are at your Pilates lesson, there are no calls or texts to answer, no kids to tend to, and no traffic to navigate. It is a moment to recharge and centre yourself with a little self care. It feels almost a bit meditative.

2. Makes you feel in control

Pilates, originally named “Contrology” by its founder Joseph Pilates, teaches you to use your mind to control your muscles and body. When you are in control of your body, you feel more in control of your life.

3. More energy

Unlike some high-impact exercise systems that leave you feeling like your were run over by a truck, Pilates actually leaves you with more energy. It moves the sludge out of your joints, improves circulation, stimulates your nervous system, and leaves you feeling great, like you are ready to take on the world.

4. Eases nervous tension

Pilates is a great workout. You will move your body to its limit and squeeze every ounce out of every move you make.You will fight for it, and, if you listen to the teacher and do exactly as they say, there will be sweat. You will also work out physical tension, tightness, and aches and pains. You will leave your class more flexible, standing taller and even feel a bit lighter.

5. Will help you sleep better

Joseph Pilates believed the most important element for better sleep was mental calm.When your mind is free from nervous energy and your body feels good, you sleep better. The rolling exercises in Pilates were designed to massage the spine, relax the nerves and cleanse the body.

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