Pilates for Backache
Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates, a physical-culturist from Mönchengladbach, Germany. His father was a prize-winning gymnast and his mother a Naturopath. He studied both Eastern and Western forms of exercise including yoga.
During the first half of the 20th century, he developed a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Pilates believed that mental and physical health are interrelated.
Pilates demands intense focus: “You have to concentrate on what you’re doing all the time. And you must concentrate on your entire body for smooth movements.. This is not easy, but in Pilates, the way that exercises are done is more important than the exercises themselves.
Pilates strenghtens your core muscles, these are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and the back. Strong core muscles give you stability throughout your entire torso. As your body is getting properly aligned, the pressure on your back is relieved, you can move more efficiently and freely and your backache goes away.
My sister was struggling with a backache, due to a car accident, for years. She finally started doing Pilates for Backache and her backache is gone!
There are classes offered at local Fitness Studios, and the YMCA.
You can also buy DVDs and do the exercises in the privacy of your own home.
Here are a couple of choices for you
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