What is pilates?

Pilates is a type of mind-body exercise which was created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It involves core stability, strength, flexibility, attention to muscle control, posture, and breathing. Since its inception it has been adapted in various ways, but the foundations remain the same.  Here at Cranfold we offer a variety of pilates classes to help you with a multitude of conditions or for your general wellbeing.


Benefits of pilates and lower back pain:

80% of back pain is classed as non-specific in nature, as rarely the exact structure that causes pain can be identified and generally the management is similar. The NICE guidelines (2020) for management of lower back pain and sciatica recommend group exercise classes for the long term management of lower back pain, such as pilates. Furthermore, the NHS has found evidence which suggests pilates can be helpful for those who experience lower back pain as regular pilates can help with posture, muscle tone, balance, strength and mobility. It can also have positive effects on reducing stress and tension. If you suffer from long term back pain, trying pilates may help you.


Benefits of pilates in those over 60:

Studies have shown regular sessions of pilates can improve balance, and potentially decrease the risk of falls in older adults. A large study (Fernández-Rodríguez et al., 2021) found that regular pilates had a moderate effect on balance, strength, flexibility, functionality, and a large effect on decreasing the risk of falls (compared to people who did not exercise). The study concluded that regular pilates can help  improve autonomy of older people in their day to day lives!

Here at Cranfold we offer a wide range of classes catering for your needs, whether it’s to improve balance, strengthen your muscles, or to manage aches and pains. There will be an option for you!


Follow this link for a pilates class recommended by the NHS for lower back pain: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/chronic-back-pain-pilates-exercise-video/








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