“If your spine is stiff at 30, you are old. If it is flexible at 60, you are young.” Joseph Pilates
There is no doubt in my mind that one of the biggest fears that unites us all is the fear of ageing and what this may bring. Whilst we know how lucky we are to see in each new year, as time passes things change and our bodies are not always the reliable vessels they once were.
I believe that Pilates has the ability to make us feel less restricted by our age and here is why.
1 – What he said…
Mr Pilates was no fool. He recognised the importance of flexibility and suppleness. He understood that having a body that can move with efficiency was far more valuable than a low birthday number.
Pilates in its essence is the method of introducing control, flexibility and strength to our movements, all things which naturally reduce as you age.
Movement and the ability to move in a pain free way is vital for mental and physical wellbeing.
2 – It’s great at ANY age
My Pilates clients range in age from 22 – 86! Say no more.
There are of course different motivating factors to these members but the best thing about Pilates is that it can be adapted to suit everyone, whatever the need.
Most importantly, it’s never too late to start. Bodies are clever and they will respond to the introduction of new patterns of movement at any age. Pilates can be a very gentle, subtle form of movement which makes is accessible for all ages and abilities.
3 – Young at heart
We all feel at our worst when we are unwell or injured. Knowing your body isn’t doing what you require of if is very “ageing” mentally. In these situations it’s easy to feel lethargic, demotivated and OLD!
Pilates is a great way of taking control and introducing small changes to the way you move and how efficiently you move making every day movements less of a struggle whilst improving your circulation, balance and even risk of future injury.
4 – Learn something new
Pilates is certainly a method of exercise that requires some thought. We work very specifically on the mind-body connection, thinking about how to move, noticing where the body is in space and taking time to consider the control needed and where best to find this strength.
You will develop a much deeper knowledge of your anatomy and physiology which is imperative to understanding the efficacy of the Pilates method.