How Does Pilates Help Recovery?

Pilates routine on the Pilates Barrel demonstrating

                        segmental spinal motion.

Pilates is based on Slow, Precise movements that incorporate the Pre-motor and Motor muscles involved in every  movement. Premotor muscles are the small stabilizing muscles of the spine, hip, shoulders, while the Motor muscles are the larger muscle groups such as the paraspinals, quads, hip flexors and gluts that generate the motion.

Pilates involves a full body integration with each exercise. An exercise begins with the activation of the core stabilization muscles: the deep neck flexors, transversus abdominus and cervical and lumbar multifidus, prior to the movement, to improve strength and stability.

Mindfulness is movement with intention. With each exercise, breath is paramount to initiate the stabilization of the spine and provide power to the motion. Pilates targets segmental movement of the spine and helps retrain proper patterns to achieve pain free motion.

The Cadillac, Reformer, Barrell and Trapeze equipment use springs to lengthen and strengthen the body by assisting or resisting the movement. Mat exercises use the resistance of gravity and body weight to increase the difficulty of the exercise.

The sequences and series of exercises creates motion in all directions, at each joint, while maintaining core support. Modifications can easily be made to accomodate for injuries, since the equipment works off springs, versus a fixed nautilus system.

       Pilates routine on the Cadillac Trapeze demonstrating core support with strengthening.