Holistic Approach – What does it mean?
A holistic approach is one that takes into consideration not only the physical state of the human body, but also our mental state, as well as other contributing social factors. When looking at a holistic approach through the practice of Pilates, it is referring to the consideration of the body, mind and spirit working as one to enable the body to ‘flow’, leading to an increase in mobility and a heightened sense of general awareness of how your body and mind are feeling.
Joseph Pilates believed, “The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit”.
Pilates has been shown to improve both the respiratory and circulatory systems, as well as the obvious things such as posture, mobility and alignment – so it is now wonder that it always comes recommended by physiotherapists and osteopaths as a form of treatment and rehabilitation after injury.
Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in stress as a result of work, financial worries and general social factors – yep, that’s right… social media! It is a known fact that any form of exercise helps to relieve these stresses, be it walking, swimming, weight training or anything else for that matter. So why Pilates? In a nutshell Pilates changes the way in which we use our bodies. Pilates enhances the body’s ability to coordinate muscle movement, corrects postural abnormalities, muscle imbalances and brings the body back into normal alignment resulting in natural, flowing movement. The large majority of exercises require co-ordination, breathing and concentration, consequently giving your mind no chance to even think about those other stresses and focus purely on the task in hand – Pilates! In short, Pilates as a practice will leave you feeling stronger, fitter and allow you to escape from the daily stress that life throws at you.
I look forward to practicing with you during our live classes – any questions please do get in touch!