Pilates is beneficial for such a large range of purposes and abilities, from rehab to high performance, due to it having a strong focus on technique. While it’s undoubtedly a great way to tone muscle and burn calories, you won’t get the most out of Pilates if you ignore technique.
As physiotherapists and Pilates instructors, our team works with clients who have a wide range of abilities, and we’ve found that the importance of technique is greatest amongst clients at the extremes of the spectrum. For those using Pilates to rehabilitate injuries, the technique is important to improve movement and range while avoiding any further injury. While high-level athlete/performers find technique is essential to maximise performance. However, spending the time to improve technique can benefit everyone!
Why do we forget about it in the middle?
Most people would like to avoid injury and perform better, whether it be in sport or just movement in daily life. Often the ‘desired’ technique is not our habitual posture or movement patterns, so we must be aware and attentive to our body and our movement techniques in order to address this.
A couple tips to get the most out of your Pilates session and improve your technique:
- Leave the rest of your day at the door. Use the time spent during your Pilates session to focus on you. Focus on your present self and resist the urge to compare yourself to others (or even your past self).
- Concentrate on the ‘Principles’. Advanced exercises are just a combination of the principles. Get the principles down and the advanced repertoire will develop naturally.
- Make use of the knowledge of your physiotherapist or instructor. Let them be a guide, but take ownership of your own body.
Let technique be your guide.
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