You can say hello to a better sex life, for starters.
You know time spent in the Pilates studio can tone and sculpt your body, improve your fitness levels and complement the other forms of training you’re doing, but these are some of the other life-enhancing benefits this exercise offers.
It only takes one Pilates class for a newbie to realise it takes a heck of a lot of concentration to successfully nail the bridge, table top, plank or pike. A ‘Mind Body Connection’ is much more than a spiritual phrase when it comes to Pilates. One must be fully in tune with their body, where it is in space, how they are moving, where their head, shoulders, ribs and hips are placed in order to effectively recruit their ‘core’ or deep abdominals and pelvic floor. To achieve all of this you must be fully present in your class. Every day people turn up to class banging on about everyday stressors, and walk out the door just one hour later singing the praises of Pilates for requiring so much focus they have been successfully distracted from their never-ending to-do lists. Pilates invigorates you, and empowers you to face your whatever it is you need to do head-on.
More often than not the cause of your headache is what Physios refer to as ‘cervicogenic’ – which, in simple terms, means it stems from the neck. The Desk jockey’s neck; chin poking forward, shoulders up around the ears, slumped upper back are all signs of dodgy postural habits, which lead to increased muscle tension around the neck and shoulders. This results in stiffness and jamming of the upper cervical vertebra (the boney bits at the top of the spine) which commonly refer pain to the head. Pilates addresses such postural dysfunction and helps to lengthen these overworked muscles, while strengthening the underworked muscles lying beneath. The end result? Less tension in the neck and shoulders, decompression of the cervical spine (neck) and all in all less headaches! Next time you reach for the Panadol or plump up your pillow for the third time at night save yourself the headache and think about book yourself in for a class. It’s worth a try, at the very least.
Increased sexual pleasure
Strengthen the pelvic floor, enhance the orgasm! Pilates focuses on a deep abdominal contraction, which increases the blood flow to the pelvic cavity. Increased blood flow and oxygen to an area equals increased sensation and more intense orgasms. Pilates trains you to support your body weight while performing challenging tasks, along with the flexibility gained through such exercises one might find themselves being able to achieve some interesting, adventurous and effective sexual positions… which all sounds pretty helpful to me!
Petra Koenig is a physiotherapist, Pilates expert and the director of The Studio, a physio and Pilates centre, in Rozelle. For more information, head here.
March 10, 201710:33am