How to help yourself keep well and avoid needing treatment
Pilates is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise. Injuries are uncommon. However, it's important that you find a qualified teacher and a class suitable to your level to ensure that the routines aren't too challenging. If you don't exercise already or you're recovering from injury, it's advisable to check with your Osteopath, a health professional and the pilates teacher before starting a class.
What's the difference between pilates and yoga? Both pilates and yoga focus on developing strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique. With its emphasis on the unity between the mind and body, yoga has a more spiritual side that pilates does not. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase the strength and flexibility of the whole body) and breathing. Pilates also uses breathing, but its exercises focus much more on precise movements to target specific parts of the body. The best pilates classes are in small groups where the teacher can develop programmes to suit each person's strengths and weaknesses.
Helping you to keep active
- Why not move while you sit typing?
- Why not stretch while reading an email?
- Why not dig a spikey ball into the buttocks while you’re driving?
- Why not take your arms behind your chair to extend your breastbone to make you taller? (and therefore think more clearly!)
Yoga is the latest craze, particularly in the health and fitness industry, but why is it so great? Yoga is a form of mind-body exercise that involves a combination of muscular activity and awareness of the self, breath and energy. The principles of yoga are very similar to the principles of osteopathy; that the body is a holistic entity that has self-healing mechanisms. An individuals mind is crucial to healing; when the individual has a positive mind-state healing happens more quickly