Have you ever thought about having massage therapy but haven’t quite got around to booking the appointment? Or maybe you’ve contemplated the idea of taking up Pilates but you’re just not sure what you’ll get back for your time and effort? To help, we’re going to take a look at what some of the therapeutic benefits of registered massage therapy and Pilates are.
Sometimes you may just want to take part in an exercise class like Pilates for fun or to meet new people. Maybe you want massage therapy due to an injury or as a relaxing treat for yourself. Whatever the reason that brings you, you will no doubt find that you leave with a lot more than you bargained for – in a good way! That’s because both massage therapy and Pilates come with a whopping list of benefits and therapeutic effectiveness – at no extra charge!
If you have never been to a Pilates class, you may only have a vague idea of what the benefits of the practice are. Let’s put those preconceived ideas to the test! Which of the following do you think Pilates can do for you?
a) Improve posture
b) Increase flexibility
c) Relieve stress and tension
d) Develop all over body strength
e) Be an accessible form of exercise, no matter your fitness level
f) All of the above and more!
Of course, the answer is f): all of the above and more! Our favourite thing about Pilates is that it’s an all over approach; it doesn’t just target one area of the body or improve on one aspect of your physique. Pilates gives strength to the whole body – and the mind.
Let’s take a look into some of the areas that both massage therapy and Pilates are going to help with.
Reducing Pain and Strain
Between increased time hunched over our desks and a reduction in access to outdoor activities, many of our bodies are in desperate need of some TLC! For us, there’s nothing that says ‘care’ quite like a massage. With so many options, there’s a type of registered massage therapy that will benefit you, whatever your circumstances.
For example, deep tissue massage therapy is a type of massage that targets the musculoskeletal system, specifically working towards reducing knots in muscles and alleviating strains. People who participate in high-intensity sports, such as running and swimming, report finding this type of massage helpful for overcoming pains and body problems. Of course, reaping the benefits from deep tissue massage is open to all, not just the more athletic among us!
The exercises in Pilates are designed to strengthen the whole body which can help you be less susceptible to injury. An important part of Pilates is being aware of your own body – it’s a chance to ‘check in’ and get to know your body better. This is a great way of discovering any weak or vulnerable areas that may need extra attention. By learning to listen to your body through Pilates, you may be able to reduce the long-term damage that an unnoticed injury or weak spot could have caused.
We’re spending more and more time at our desks. For a lot of us, there’s little or no commute these days – simply a short walk into our kitchen or spare room! Working from home can also cause us to be less conscious of how we sit at our desks and there’s definitely increased time spent slumping on the sofa!
With Pilates you can undo all the bad back habits you’ve picked up during the pandemic – and all the years before. Having a good posture doesn’t just help in the now, but it could mean less problems in the years to come. As we get older, joints become weaker and issues like knee and back pain can rear their ugly, painful heads! Putting in the work now to avoid or lessen future problems is well worth the time.
Did you know…
A good posture could also help you get that promotion? No, really! Some experts believe that sitting and standing with the proper posture helps to exert confidence, makes people feel more comfortable around you and can even get you noticed more in meetings!
Coping with Stress
Due to everything that’s going on in the world, it seems that our collective baseline for stress has increased – in other words, where before your natural stress level may have sat at a 4/10 on an ordinary day, it may now be around a 7/10. That’s because we’re all dealing with a major event in the background of our day-to-day lives.
We can’t change or stop things like global pandemics but we can introduce new ways of coping with stress into our lives.
Massage therapy is a great tool for relieving stress. It’s been proven that massage therapy can help people cope with mental stresses and is particularly useful for dealing with depression and anxiety, both mental health conditions that unfortunately seem to be on the rise.
Pilates and massage therapy not only deal with relieving stress directly but can also help with other symptoms that both cause and are a result of stress, depression and anxiety. Problems like difficulty sleeping, craving sugary food and mood instability. You will also find that by engaging in a new healthy habit like Pilates you gain a lot more self-confidence!
Did you know…
Pilates was invented by Joseph Pilates and he referred to it as ‘The Art of Contrology’’. As well as gaining control over your body, Pilates Is said to help with strengthening and conditioning the mind too!
These are just some of the many benefits that you will enjoy when you take up Pilates or book yourself in for a massage therapy session. Just as your body and mind are individual, so too will be the therapeutic benefits that you feel, based on your own physical and mental health. Maybe you need to undo the damage that stress has done on your body and mind. Or perhaps it’s just a matter of some long overdue self-care!
Whatever the reason that has brought you to this blog, it’s time to take the next step. Get involved and feel the power of therapeutic massage and Pilates for yourself!
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