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Why Pilates Is So Good For You

Lorraine Young Pilates Teacher at The Wellbeing Lab, Restoration Yard
Lorraine Young, Pilates Teacher, The Wellbeing Lab

Pilates is all about slow, controlled movements—but its fitness and health rewards are supercharged. But just why is Pilates so good for you? We talk to our newest Wellbeing Lab teacher Lorraine Young to find out.

What brought you to teaching Pilates?

Pain. I had two herniated disc and was scheduled to get an operation. The surgeon asked me to do Pilates for three months in preparation for it. I was already a personal trainer and fitness instructor. I loved cardio and more energetic classes, so my response was ‘Pilates is boring!’ However, I was motivated by the pain and did the three months and then didn’t need the operation after all. I was so impressed with the method that I decided to train as a Pilates instructor. I continued with my education and training and I am now the senior tutor for Pilates teachers with Drummond Education, with responsibility for the whole of Scotland.

What’s the difference between yoga and Pilates?

Pilates can be more beneficial for recovery, while both yoga and Pilates can help prevent injury. Yoga is wonderful for connecting mind, body and spirit, and will gradually increase your flexibility and aid relaxation. Pilates concentrates more on core strength and postural alignment. This can be wonderful for problems such as muscular imbalance, recovery from injury or rehabilitation, as a complement to physiotherapy and much more. Pilates is so good for you as allows the body to move more freely, enabling us to remain strong and flexible throughout our lives.

Does it require any special equipment?

No, all you need is a mat if you want to use your own. We will provide the rest.

Can I do it if I have an injury like a sore back?

Research suggests that Pilates can be very effective for relieving back problems as it concentrates on core strength, flexibility, and posture. However, for anyone with a specific back problem (like a herniated disc!), we need to know in advance so we can provide safe and appropriate exercise. There is always a way for anyone to practice Pilates.

Can it help me lose weight?

Pilates is an excellent element of a health and fitness regime, and particularly useful for firming up the body during a weight loss programme. There are other forms of exercise which burn more calories but having core body strength is vital to do these safely, which is exactly what Pilates can give you.  

I’m quite stiff! Can I do Pilates ?

Absolutely! Pilates is good for you because will help to develop your flexibility. It will be challenging at first, but it’s so important to move our bodies and the later we leave it, the less mobile we will be in later life.

Why should I do Pilates ?

Pilates is good for you as it will improve your posture, muscle tone, balance and your flexibility and will relieve stress and tension. It also helps reduce injury, which is why so many athletes do Pilates. It’s  fun as well as challenging, and what’s not to like about a toned body.

Why do you love Restoration Yard?

I love Restoration Yard for the friendliness of the team who are always happy to help. Dalkeith Country Park is beautiful and very therapeutic to visit. It’s great that there is something for everyone here. If you haven’t been yet, I thoroughly recommend it, and the Pilates classes of course.  

Lorraine Young teaches in the Wellbeing Lab at Restoration Yard on Mondays and Wednesday at 10.00am for Introduction to Pilates and 11.15am for Intermediate Pilates.

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