We asked Sunny Skorik, our Pilates instructor at One You Haringey a few questions about how Pilates benefits your mind and body.
1. Is pilates a good workout for weight loss?
Practicing Pilates can be beneficial for your health and healthy weight maintenance.
Firstly, by doing Pilates, you tone up loose connective tissue around your joints and bones.
There are some positions that require you to hold them for 20-30 seconds. Pilates is a great reason to strengthen weak parts of your body and get rid of flab.
Pilates also has some amazing health benefits:
- improves your flexibility
- increases your muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
- balances muscular strength on both sides of your body.
- enhances muscular control of your back and limbs.
2. How many times do you need to do Pilates to see results?
To maximize results, you should practice Pilates for a minimum of two times a week.
Regular Pilates practice can help with posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility. Expect to feel taller, more elongated and energised after just one session.
3. Which is better; yoga or Pilates?
One of the main differences between Yoga and Pilates is that Yoga can be used for improving the flexibility of the body and it will also gradually increase the flexibility of your joints.
Whereas, Pilates focuses on trying to relax muscles which are tense and provide strengthening of the numerous muscles of the body.
Pilates works from the centre of your body outward. Pilates uses toning and strengthening components/exercises to increase joint mobility, build supple and strong body muscles.
Yoga is more about stretching of the tight muscles. Stress relief, meditative approach.
Overall, the biggest difference in Pilates and Yoga is the ultimate goal you want to achieve.
If you’d like to become more flexible, Yoga would be best to try. If you’d instead like to tone up and strengthen muscles in your body, then try Pilates.
4. What are the mental benefits of doing Pilates?
Pilates is incredibly powerful in providing a place for your body to relax, rejuvenate and release tension.
Pilates for Stress Relief used on a daily basis will calm your mind and relax your body. The main benefits of Pilate for your mind are:
- Using your Breath to Find Mindfulness in Movement
- Stress Management and Relaxation
- Improving Memory and Brain Training
- A Tool in Treating Depression or Anxiety
5. Can Pilates help back pain?
Totally! Pilates decreases back pain! It will also strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, loosen up tight hips, hamstrings (muscles back of your legs) and calves.
All of these aspects contribute to tightness, resulting in a Painful Back. By practicing Pilates, you will be able to help ensure your back pain subsides and will disappear over time.
If you’d like to try Pilates, One You Haringey offer free Pilates classes with Sunny. You can sign up to our Move More programme to register for your free classes.