WHAT MADE YOU KEEP WITH PILATES AND WHAT BENEFITS DID YOU NOTICE WITH REGULAR PRACTICE?
Pilates for me is difficult, rhythmic, relaxing and graceful all at the same time. Pilates has allowed me to deeply connect with my body and breath and become more aware of my alignment. Overtime I have felt taller, stronger, and less compressed in my joints. I also started to notice that my core was activated in and out of the gym and it felt effortless to sit up “straight”. It and has been great way for me to challenge myself.
HOW DOES PILATES SUPPORT LYMPH AND BLOOD FLOW AND WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT FOR A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM?
It is believed that Pilates can help make your lymphatic and respiratory system become more efficient. Since lymph is stimulated by breathing, walking, and muscle activity, the rhythmic movements in a Pilates session can help move stagnant lymph fluid. The effect of muscle contractions, or the squeeze and release, helps flush the system and create circulation. After a Pilates session you will feel the buzz of energy with the newly created movement you have created in your body.
There are a lot of connections between better breathing and the impact is has on your immunity. Pilates specifically helps to mobilize the ribcage and trunk so that you literally have more space to take a big breath. In Pilates you breathing wide and 360 degrees into the ribs and back, versus a normal breath through the chest and into the neck. Focusing on better breathing is a great way, especially right now, to combat stress as it is a controllable factor in a world where there is a lot of uncertainty.