Stress is a part of everyone's life.
Some of us experience small levels
of stress that are perfectly normal for human beings, then we
experience greater amounts of stress when our fight or flight response
kicks in for our protection.
Stress Relief With Pilates
But some of us experience constant high levels of stress due to work or
personal relationships, and those constant high levels of stress often
lead to other more serious health problems - such as heart attacks,
high blood pressure, and stomach ulcers.
Exercise has always been a fabulous stress reliever, and now, the
Pilates method of exercises is quickly becoming one of the most popular
forms of exercise for stress relief. Pilates not only strengthen and
balance your body, but these exercises can strengthen and balance your
mind as well, and the deep breathing associated with Pilates is also
quite beneficial in the relief of stress.
Stress causes muscle tension. When people become greatly stressed out,
their muscles bunch up, and can become sore. By doing Pilates, those
muscles are deeply stretched, which takes away the tension, un-bunches
the muscles, and can even relieve the soreness.
Pilates is considered a mind-body exercise technique. This means that
it not only exercises, tones, and shapes the body, but it also
exercises, tones, and shapes the mind. Many people who do Pilates
exercises on a regular basis say that they feel that their minds are
more open and freer. Pilates can actually help you train your mind to
relax and to control stress.
Because of the stress relief that Pilates offers, it is recommended
that you take two or three one-hour classes each week. If work causes
you a great deal of stress, try to schedule your class immediately
after work. You may even find that doing Pilates before work or other
stressful events will greatly reduce the effect stress has on your body
Featured Instructor Shannon Beaty has been practicing Pilates for over
10 years, and has been a Pilates instructor for over 6 years. She
teaches at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles and oversees their entire
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