There are tons of research studies that confirm the psychological benefits of exercise. Any type of physiotherapy exercise is bound to have a positive effect on your mind. However, Pilates beats them all for the many research-backed benefits it has on mental well being, concentration, memory amongst others.
Why is Pilates Different?
Pilates was initially based on 7 principles. These principles emphasize coordination, breathing, focus, and postural alignment. This physiotherapy system seeks to find the right balance the body and the mind. It, therefore, emphasizes many important aspects of mind-body control, that other systems ignore or don’t emphasize enough.
Relieve Anxiety and Stress
Because Pilates combines concentration, breathing, control, and precision, it is effectively a form of meditation similar in nature to certain martial arts disciplines like Tai Chi. However, Pilates places more emphasis on working on all muscle groups.
As a form of meditation, Pilates will help relieve stress and anxiety at the physical and mental levels. It relieves muscular tension in the body and keeps the mind calm and relaxed. One study demonstrated that it was possible to derive the psychological and physical benefits even when practiced only once a week.
Effects of Breathing on Emotional State
Most physio programs don’t give breathing as the attention it deserves. Yet breathing is closely connected to our emotional state. We tend to breathe faster when we panic and tell ourselves to breathe in deep when we are in a situation where we need to relax.
Not only does Pilates physiotherapy increase oxygenated blood flow, but it also relaxes the body and the mind through deep breathing exercises. It differs from Yoga in that breathing control is required for every movement. While in Yoga, breathing exercises are often taught separately from the main physiotherapy program.
Understanding your Body
Pilates physiotherapists encourage practitioners to execute each move with precision and focus. This facilitates coordination while eliminating stress in the body. Pilates is, therefore, a meditative form of exercise that can help you improve coordination and stability as well as a good understanding of your body.
Improves Focus and Concentration
Virtually all physiotherapy exercises have a positive effect on your cognitive ability. However, Pilates pays special attention to focus and concentration. Each move is executed slowly and with precision. You have to pay attention to even the smallest movements on your body. This makes it an ideal physio for athletes and enthusiasts who want to improve their focus while in the field and still maintain their stability and coordination.
Confidence and Self Esteem
Pilates is a mind-body workout that can have a positive effect on your overall well being. The stretching, focus, and postural alignment training will not only leave you feeling confident but also walking tall – literally. Adopting a good posture has been shown to have a positive effect on the mind. It also sends a positive message to those around you that you are confident and approachable. Not only will this have a positive effect on your self-esteem, but could also boost your social life.