Pilates: Mind over Matter
So you’re well versed in the various physical benefits of Pilates (from injury rehabilitation to newfound flexibility). On the flip side, what you may not know quite so well are the psychological perks. If so, you’re in the right place as Newcastle Pilates calls to mind the medley of mental benefits. Read on to find out more.
On first look, you might think we’re just jumping on the mindfulness band wagon, throwing out the latest internet buzz word. The fact is, mindfulness isn’t the wishy-washy concept you may believe it to be. Simply referring to a greater awareness of the present moment, mindfulness is enhanced by Pilates due to the focus on intentional, ‘mindful’ movements. This deeper consciousness of how our bodies move lends itself to a greater awareness of postural habits, demonstrating how Pilates combines mind and body for holistic benefits.
Calm and Collected
Throughout the exercises, clients are encouraged to steadily, rhythmically breathe in and out. This focus on careful breathing patterns helps to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for regulating digestion, slowing the heart rate and reducing blood pressure. As such, clients are not only able to meet the physical demands placed on their body, but also experience a calming effect induced by the parasympathetic nervous system’s activation. Whether you battle anxiety or struggle with high stress levels, Pilates could be your ideal coping strategy.
With all these psychological benefits to its name, Pilates can certainly be credited with a deeper sense of personal wellness and positivity. To experience this mental boost for yourself, simply call our friendly team on 0191 284 9111 and book today. Alternatively, look online for more information on our weekly classes.