Studies show exercise not only improves your overall health and well-being, but also helps manage many MS symptoms. Move forward through exercise and find an exercise program in your community or become an expert in using a healthy lifestyle to help manage MS. Pilates is one form of therapeutic exercise available to people with MS.
History of Pilates
The Pilates method was created during World War I by Joseph H. Pilates, a German inventor, boxer, and dancer. He developed the technique to help soldiers recover from war injuries. Pilates has been practiced in the United States since the 1920s, and its popularity grew significantly in the 1990s.
What is Pilates?
In the Pilates method, individuals concentrate on body movements. During exercises, which include more than 500 specific movements, attention is focused on which muscles are used and how they are controlled. There also is an emphasis on deep, coordinated breathing.
Mat Classes and Equipment
Mat classes involve numerous exercises in various positions performed on a mat normally located on the floor. Mat classes can also utilize circles, balls or bands in exercises. There are multiple pieces of Pilates equipment that provide spring and gravity based resistance.