Pilates for Seniors

Pilates for Seniors

Why should I join Pilates as a Senior member of the population?

Pilates for Seniors - For the older population keeping fit is essential. But so many forms of exercise can be hard on the bodies of older adults. Many have turned to Pilates as a means of staying in shape while reducing the risk of injury that weight-bearing exercises may cause. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement and not quantity of repetitions, many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy, strong, improve balance and coordination and to have a good range of movement and prevent risk of injury.


What are the benefits of Pilates for Seniors?

1) An Antidote for Many Ailments: Pilates for Seniors also helps with a variety of age-related ailments. Arthritis sufferers benefit because the gentle mid-range movements decrease the chance of joints compressing while maintaining the range of motion around them. For sufferers of osteoporosis or stenosis, Pilates can also help. For osteoporosis the simple and standing Pilates leg exercises may increase bone density in both the spine and the hip. For lumbar stenosis there are exercises that can stretch out tight back muscles and strengthen the extensor muscles of the spine to counteract the forces of gravity that can pull people into a hunched position.

Pilates has also been documented to slow or reverse the effects of debilitating diseases like Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis. The mid-range motion of the exercises can help people overcome rigidity and become more limber. It can even help with brain traumas like a stroke.


2) Improved posture, joint stability and mobility: As we grow older our posture changes; we become more rounded and in most extreme cases a person may become stooped.  Rounded posture will change the shape of the spine compressing the joints and may cause impingement at the shoulder joint resulting in problems when lifting the arms.  Reaching up for items in cupboards becomes harder and may lead to falls.  Most falls are as a result of reaching up.  Pilates’ exercises will address these issues by improving posture and shoulder mobility AND reduce the pressure and shearing forces on joints and internal organs.


3) Improve bone density: There are three types of exercises that are important for building and maintaining bone density:  weight-bearing (high or low impact), muscle-strengthening exercises and balance! (Falls are the number 1 cause of fractures in the osteoporotic population). Pilates for Seniors is incredibly beneficial not only for mitigating the risk of osteoporosis, but slowing down or even reversing bone density loss if someone already has degenerative changes.


4) Improved breathing and circulation: As we become more rounded with age, breathing will become more labored.  Muscles responsible for breathing become weak and the ribs become stiff.  The result will be a lack of oxygen in the blood circulating around the body which can contribute to dizziness and even confusion.  The specific Pilates’ breathing technique lengthens the tight rib-cage and strengthens the muscles responsible for breathing resulting in a more efficient respiratory system.


5) Improved balance and body awareness: Falls are common among older adults and often lead to injury.  Walking is a basic requirement for mobility and older people may lose their confidence if they have experienced a fall due to loss of balance or control.  We rely on our senses to stand still and move; these senses deteriorate as we become older affecting our balance and mobility.  Many falls are preventable, and Pilates for Seniors may help to reduce them by improving balance and co-ordination.


6) Improved co-ordination: Coordination is the ability to move different body parts together smoothly and efficiently. Coordination and balance are learned skills that begin in our earliest developmental stages. These abilities are perfected through movement challenges and practice. The body in its effort to be efficient will provide less wiring for these activities if they are no longer being used.

Exercises that integrate brain function can improve coordination and balance, making us more alert and aware. Challenging your coordination when working out improves physical safety and performance in anything you do. Pilates was specifically designed to improve coordination of the body and mind.


7) Improved strength and flexibility: With age, muscular strength decreases especially in the lower body and between the ages of 30-50 muscle strength has been shown to reduce as much as 30%.  Physical inactivity will contribute to muscle loss which, in turn, leads to decreased muscular endurance resulting in early fatigue and an increased risk of falling. Loss of muscle power affects the older adult’s ability to walk, climb stairs and lift themselves out of a chair.  Flexibility also deteriorates with age.  Pilates’ exercises will address these issues and improve the body’s muscular balance.


Why sign up for Pilates for Seniors classes at Pilates Dynamics?

Pilates Dynamics is an Internationally Recognized Education and Training Boutique Pilates facility.  Our Pilates for Seniors classes are held at our spacious studio which is surrounded by beautiful topical gardens. Our highly educated and certified instructors have years of experience in training clients of various age groups and fitness levels and will modify exercises to ensure each client gets a safe but a full body workout.

We also work with Physiotherapist; Chiropractor; Occupational; Orthopedic; and other Medical Therapist referrals.


How do I sign up for the Pilates for Senior classes?

All you need to do is email us and book your class. You can start classes at any stage during the month in which case we will calculate a pro – rata payment from when you start to the end of that month. Should you suffer from any other medical condition, please obtain a letter from a medical professional confirming that you are allowed to start physical exercise. 


What type of Pilates training is offered for Seniors?

We offer Pilates Classes in a private (one-on-one) training environment, where the focus is on your specific and individual needs and goals.

We also offer Pilates training for senior in a group environment where the maximum number of people in a class is 8 people, so that you are still assured of individual attention.


How do I go about obtaining more information and booking classes?

Contact us on 072 999 2229 or 011 792 5459 or email us at info@pilatesdynamics.co.za to book your classes.  You can also visit our website on: www.pilatesdynamics.co.za