Pilates at Waterloo Chiropractic and Sports Massage – enhancing your mental health !
At Waterloo Pilates, we are cognisant that an estimated one in five adults experiences a form of mental health condition in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 experience a serious mental illness in a given year. Most of us will experience an anxiety disorder, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or attention disorder in our lifetime.
So what does this mean ? It means two things to us:
- We are likely to interact with patients who are either diagnosed or battling in a mental health area
- We are a supportive adjunct service to your mental health only and will assist you to find a professional to help should you need and want it
We also understand that our role is not about diagnosis or prevention of mental illness, it is more so to provide support and an environment that enhances your spinal health through guided strength and condition. With the right application of time and your “effort” over time, the accumulated affect of exercises and progressions means you can gain the extra benefits of guided and specific exercise.
What do these statistics have to do with Pilates?
Largely pilates allows clients to see where their deficiencies lie and where their strengths are. In time this allows our patients to focus and challenge their minds in a healthy, positive & productive way. During pilates, (which would have to be one of the healthiest past times you can choose) you have to engage mind & body to perform challenging movements, therefore your mind has no choice but to concentrate on the task at hand. This creates re-organisation of the motor cortex, stimulates the central nervous system & produces happy hormones. Over time, pilates assists with self discipline & control, creating a form of ‘mind’ healing & improvement in mental well being.
By Robyn Higley – Pilates Instructor – Waterloo Sports Massage clinic.