Benefits of Pilates for EVERY BODY at EVERY AGE
We truly believe that pilates is an exercise for EVERY BODY of EVERY AGE! This is why we created our Graceful Ageing classes for all out 65+ community members. As we age, our bodies could really benefit from a Pilates practice. Balance, strength, flexibility, focus, and your breath are all areas that change with age. Pilates, at its core, works on improving all of those things. It is gentle enough to be right for you at any age, and every exercise can be modified on any given day to meet you where your body is that day.
A little advice about starting
Attending a Pilates class at least twice a week is enough to notice a difference in your strength, flexibility, and balance. However, sometimes just starting with 1-day is perfect! Listening to our bodies is sometimes something we have to relearn as we grow up. Remember that our bodies show up for us differently each day. This is true of children, teenagers, young adults, a forty-year-old, and even you. Allow Pilates to do its job for your body by meeting it wherever it is on any given day.
What makes us different?
We all know getting up/down off the floor is more challenging as we age. I firmly believe we can stay up on the floor and use a CHAIR to help us modify the classic pilates program. Our chair-based program often begins with arranging ourselves in alignment with our chair, we always be sure to add in our classic arm series, follow by glutes and gentle rotation (as tolerated by our spines). We ensure that every Graceful Ageing class is tailored to our members to suit their needs. This includes brittle bones, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and of course, the cranky knees and limited range of motion. One of the best things about Pilates is that it will meet your body wherever it is today. You will hear us say every class “Do not try to force anything”. Move more slowly and deliberately and use your breath to help you.
Pilates for Osteoporosis
Pilates is great for osteoporosis, however we strongly advised against a traditional Mat Pilates. At AWPilates we pride ourselves in being able to modify most exercises safely for someone with osteoporosis, but the Roll Up, Roll Over, Jack Knife, Spine Twist, and Saw should not be practiced. You want to steer clear of any exercises involving bending forward or rolling on your back, as well as twisting at the spine. There are many ways around this, and of course, every body is different. If you are ever concerned about your body & Pilates – speak with your instructor first! They should be aware of the limitations and modifications needed to give you beautiful options to keep you moving!
Pilates for Arthritis
Individuals with joint issues or arthritis can definitely benefit from a regular Pilates practice. We truly believe in modifications and slow progression are important to meet the safety needs of our bodies. Avoiding or modifying exercises that tire or strain joints is important; which means we avoid – Roll Over, Jack Knife, Spine Twist, and Rolling Like a Ball. Remember that one of the key components of Pilates is awareness and focus. Pay attention to your movement to make sure it is deliberate and to how you feel before, during, and after your Pilates exercises. Don’t do anything that feels stressful to your spine or joints or “wrong” to you. Working with a trained Pilates teacher who has taken coursework in Pilates for arthritis and joint issues will get you off to the right start.
We look forward to seeing you on the mat!