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Pilates is the Best exercise form for PreNatal


Keeping up with an exercise program can be difficult when you’re pregnant, especially during the first trimester when you might feel nausea and tired. Pregnancy is not the time to get into shape, however it’s the time to optimize health habits and that includes a safe exercise program.

One of the safest and most effective way to stay active is with pilates. This mind&body method of exercise strengthens the most important muscles that you’ll use during pregnancy and labor: your abdominals, pelvic floor muscles and back. Pilates also helps women to stay connected to their changing body, improve posture and reduce pregnancy aches and pains.

”Pilates for Pregnancy” videos and books are not a good way to learn proper movements for a beginner and can easily cause back pain or even Diastasis Recti (=the Rectus Abdominus will begin to separate more than usually). It is not recommended that you begin doing Pilates on your own if you haven’t already worked with the fundamentals. However, Pilates is a great choice during pregnancy if you have an instructor who is skilled to modify your program and knowledgeable about safe movement choices for pregnancy period.

The nature of movement in Pilates exercise is low impact and allows pregnant women to exercise effectively without experiencing any undue stress on the now lax joints, or an increased heart rate. All Pilates movements are very controlled and instructor should pay attention to your posture, alignment and working with the right muscles. Most exercise modifications happen during the second and third trimester period due to the increasing belly size. All Pilates movements at this point are best done seated up right or side lying. In the studio settings there are many apparatus where you can get really good workout without lying on your back – like Wunda-chair, spine corrector, trapeze table and stability ball.

With Pilates you can stay strong and fit throughout your pregnancy. Pilates improves breathing technique, concentration and body awareness, which even help your labor. In a good pregnancy shape you can recover faster back to pre pregnancy figure and shape while enjoying your new life with the baby.

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Pilates for Rehabilitation- Does It Work?

Today the Pilates method is widely practiced for both rehabilitation and fitness. Physical Therapists are recognizing Pilates as one of the most successful methods to treat many injuries, spinal disorders and joint diseases. However, Pilates rehabilitation is not only limited to just orthopedics and spine health but it also benefits individuals with neurological problems (MS), chronic pain (fibromyalgia), women’s health needs (menopause, osteoporosis, pre/post natal), performance enhancement needs (athletes), arthritic impairments (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis) and other movement dysfunctions.

How does Pilates method work? Pilates therapeutic exercises focus on individual asymmetries in flexibility, strength and muscle recruitment patterns. Pilates trains several muscle groups at once through smooth, continuous movements. By developing a proper technique, clients can actually re-train their body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion. No other exercise form is so gentle to the body while giving it a challenging workout!

Professional Pilates instructors give great attention and facilitation to you to gain strength, coordination, control and function in your weaker or injured muscles and joints. Pilates exercise not only leads to improvement at the injury site, but also improves your overall strength and function.

However, it is important to note that most Pilates instructors are not trained to work with rehabilitation. Always ask your instructors’ qualifications and beware of those Pilates instructors who don’t have real clinical knowledge and skills about your injuries or diseases. Done improperly, some of the Pilates exercises can slow down the healing process or even be contraindicated.

A good Pilates instructor with rehab background can help you to balance your body both physically and mentally and successfully support your healing process. Pilates is a mind and body method and a great natural alternative treatment or those who are looking for a different rehabilitation way. And the best thing is – it’s works too!

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