Pilates is such a popular form of low impact exercise with so many fantastic benefits:
Helps you develop a stronger core
Improves lower back and joint pain
Creates supple and strong muscles
Helps with balance and co-ordination
Helps perform daily activities and movements with ease
Pilates is also effective in the rehabilitation of pelvic floor arising from dysfunctions such as:
Pelvic floor hypertonicity: pelvic floor muscles are short and tight, have high tone , and myofascial trigger points
Disatsis rectus abdominis (separation of the bodies of rectus abdominis muscles at the linea alba, common during pregnancy and after childbirth) it can also occur in women who have not had children and also in men.
The pelvic floor muscles form a sheet that lies between the coccyx, the pubic bone and the ischial tuberosities (also known as the sitting bones).
Gentle contraction of the pelvic floor with the 3D breath pattern taught in Pilates helps engage the transversus abdominis (deep internal core muscle). This muscle wraps around you like a corset and it stabilises the pelvis and the spine alongside the multifidus muscle which is a deep back muscle.