Camille has just changed jobs, her last job was very stressful and during the transition became more so. She walked into her Pilates session rattled and uptight. The first words out of her mouth are..
"I need this so much today!"
Sara has spent 3 days trying to get lights on her Christmas tree. It may seem like a small thing, but sometimes the small things can throw you for a loop when combined with work and family responsibilities. Her words echo Camille's...
"I almost didn't come to class today, but I knew I would feel better if I did."
I could site a dozen similar examples from just this month, but everyone has said the same thing.
Pilates relieves stress!
When people lose their capacity to cope successfully, they can experience negative stress. This form of stress has been identified as an influencing factor in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, immune system problems, poor wound healing and musculoskeletal pain.
(Rozanski, Blumenthal & Kaplan 1999; Pickering 2001; Krantz 2000; Goetsch et al. 1990; Surwit & Schneider 1993; Glaser et al. 1999; Rozlog et al. 1999; Lundberg, Dohns & Melin 1999).
If you have been reading past posts, you will be familiar with the 5 Basic Principles Stott Pilates incorporates into each and every exercise.
- Pelvic Placement
- Ribcage Placement
- Scapular Stability and Placement
- Cervical (neck) Placement
BreathingDeep, focused breathing is a proven tool to reduce stress in the body. When you breathe deeply a message is sent to the brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to the body. An increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.
The remaining four principles, Pelvic Placement, Ribcage Placement, Scapular Stability and Placement, Cervical (neck) Placement are all designed to create a well aligned, strong, and healthy body. When applying them correctly to each movement, along with the breathing, there is little time to think of anything else. The random thoughts, lists, and worries take a back seat as you listen to the instructor and focus on your body.
So when was the last time you did something just for you that would improve your health, both mentally and physically? Come try out a class and see what Stott Pilates can do for you!
For more information contact Robby or Nicki @ 208.529.8600