Pilates for 50s+

Pilates

People over 50 who suffer from chronic ailments that cause pain, stiffness and weakness throughout the body often rely on medical intervention such as medication to feel better. Fortunately, natural remedies such as Pilates can also have a significant impact on these individuals’ overall well-being.

What is Pilates?

Essentially, Pilates is an exercise method that is designed to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. To do this, the ‘Pilates Principles’ focus on several key areas, including centering, proper spinal alignment, concentration, precision, control, flowing movement and even breathing techniques. The repetitive movements train the core muscles in the abdomen, back and pelvic floor to become stronger and work in harmony with the other muscles throughout the body. This results in a stronger physique, better balance and an overall improvement in physical performance. Pilates is practiced by people of all ages, whether they are youngsters or senior citizens.

Benefits

The benefits of Pilates in older groups simply cannot be overstated. First of all, it is important to know that each and every exercise can be modified to coalesce with various levels of flexibility and mobility, meaning that almost anyone can participate—particularly those individuals who cannot perform more aggressive and fast-paced exercise routines. Pilates improves muscle strength, helps to lubricate joints and reduce arthritis-associated pain, increases balance and coordination, improves range of motion, helps in the development of muscle tissue, and even promotes socialization when Pilates is performed in group classes.

Treatable Conditions

Pilates is highly effective at treating a number of conditions that typically appear as part of the natural aging process, including dysfunctions of the hips and knees, mild to moderate incontinence, problems with the neck and shoulders, mild to moderate cases of osteoporosis and even posture correction. Individuals who are post-surgery, particularly for things such as hip and knee replacements, hysterectomies and spinal surgeries, can also benefit from Pilates; these individuals should begin their routines slowly and under the direct supervision of medical professionals. Individuals who have problems with balance and coordination can also benefit from this form of exercise.

Considerations

Since Pilates is a type of exercise that can be modified, almost anyone can participate in some way. Individuals who have severe osteoporosis or who are recovering from some sort of surgery should always consult with their physicians in order to learn their limitations before beginning any exercise routine, however. Like all forms of exercise, individuals who are new to Pilates should be sure to start out with slow, simple exercise and gradually progress to the more intensive forms of the practice. This may be best accomplished under the supervision of an occupational therapist, personal trainer or other Pilates expert.

Regardless of a patient’s level of ability, Pilates is a great way to improve health, coordination and strength. With multiple types of exercises that are focused on key areas of the body, individuals who incorporate this form of exercise into their daily lives are often happier, healthier and less prone to injury than those who live sedentarily.

 

Vanessa Fielding

In order to work in the area of rehabilitation, I trained with an accredited institution in Oxford, England. In 2005 I set up my own studio with a pain specialist nurse, and a physiotherapist. I specialised in rehabilitation working with clients who varied in conditions such as pre and post surgery, back pain, and post polio, to name a few. A considerable number of my clients were older and required either rehabilitation or general exercises to maintain and or improve their general quality of life and standard of health. I have a comprehensive range of exercises for this purpose.

I now work with clients at their home where I tailor a programme to suit their needs and their goals.

My sessions are one to one for an hour.

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