Improving Your Balance With Pilates

by pilates32 on June 10, 2011

Pilates has proven to not only improve the core strength, flexibility and mobility of it’s users, but also there balance. That resistance to falls, wobbles and rocks is attributed to improved core stability and activation of core muscles.

For many movements that occur from the body, many initiate from the core. Known as a kinetic chain, muscle activation occurs within the core to hold you stable whenever a leg or arm movement occurs. Therefore increased strength and mobility in the area of the lumbar spine and thoracic region means improved balance and coordination.

Pilates is an effective solution to muscle imbalance also. All muscles in the body work in coordination with others, one being the agonist, the other the antagonist. Take for example the muscles in the arm. The contraction of the bicep is resisted by the stability of the tricep and vice versa. If this didn’t occur, there would be nothing to stop the bicep completely folding in on itself as it contracts. The same relationship exists with muscles that surround the spine. One compliments the other. Imbalance can occur when one of the paired muscles becomes tighter or weaker than the other, resulting in an over dominant muscles that pulls the skeletal structure out of place. This is usually the root cause of posture problems.

Using Pilates regularly will help balance and put right working muscles that surround the spine and support the core. Alongside this improvement, your own personal balance and coordination will improve, leaving you feeling more supported and stable in every day life. Balance is an important part of a Pilates program and here at Pilates 32, we use balance exercises during every warm-up for each session. Why not take a look at our warm-up video here.

Wishing you better balance.

Ian

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