How Pilates Can Help to Heal Your Head, Heart and Soul…

Joseph Pilates was well known for his belief and teachings around the mind-body connection… He said, "The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power."

Depression after debilitating ill health or trauma, is far too common, and we feel fortunate to have been able to help many clients who have been recovering from illness or injury back to full health, both physically and mentally. 

Pilates is based on six core principles, and each one of those can help to heal your head, heart and soul…

Centering – This principle focuses on being aware of your core powerhouse. Your deep abdominal muscles. By being conscious of the strength these powerful muscle groups bring to your body, you can also learn to be aware of where your other inner strengths lie.

Concentration – Pilates is often described as the thinking way of movement. By concentrating on your body and the flow of movements within a class, you will find respite from anything that is playing on your mind, giving you a break from troubled or anxious thoughts. 

Control – In Pilates, the combination of centering and concentration will give you an ultimate feeling of control. If you can learn to control your body, you can also learn to control your mind.

Precision – In life, practice makes perfect. When you first step into a Pilates class you won't feel that your movements are precise or perfect, it takes time to form good habits. But coming to class each week and knowing that your movements will improve is a good habit in itself, and taking the time to make good habits will help when your world sometimes feels chaotic.

Breath – Joseph Pilates once said, "Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it. Since we cannot live without breathing it is tragically deplorable to contemplate the millions and millions who have never mastered the art of correct breathing." If you have ever suffered a panic attack or hyperventilated, you will know how mindful breathing is the key to regaining inner calm.

Flow – Pilates is often misrepresented, and some people still don't consider it a proper workout, whilst it is true that it is by nature gentle and restorative, the flowing succession of exercises can certainly be performed with vitality. Pilates is therefore just as effective as any other workout at releasing feel good endorphins and preparing you for a restful slumber.

If you would like to discover more Pilates can help you with inner calm, join one of our Mixed Ability classes.