You are only as old as your spine feels
- Joseph Pilates
Pilates for Seniors
With more and more knee and hip replacements, osteo-arthritis, and back pain, we can prepare you and support your recovery with the aging process. More and more orthopedic surgeons are recommending Pilates as the go-to support in these stages and times to support the aging process with confidence and grace. It can keep you moving and breathing into a more youthful body at any age. Pilates is for every- BODY at any age or fitness level
A Gentler, Effective Way to Stay Fit
Increased control and stability is crucial for older adults as it can help them improve much of their functional movement, including balance and posture. 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.
Hi, We are Ken and Lara and we have been going to Pilates classes for probably close to 2 years now. We were motivated to take Pilates classes because, as Senior citizens, we realized that we were beginning to develop physical problems due to lack of proper mobility. One of our daughters on the East coast strongly recommended Pilates after she switched from her Yoga classes into Pilates-- and she thought that it would be a perfect fit for our health issues. After looking on line we found Penticton Pilates where Sharon became our instructor and then later, Michelle.
Pilates is like physical therapy for us, with the aid of the equipment and springs to relieve the impact and stress allowing for our ability to work on our weaker areas --creating muscle, and stretching muscles that are contracted due to trying to compensate for the weak areas. Since our very first classes where we were practically unable to do any of the exercises --to now where those weak areas have become stronger and our bodies have become more flexible-- we are now able to do a lot of the movements where before they were impossible. Sharon and Michelle have a real heart for their students and take them where they are at-- and with care, and a lot of patience, they teach, not only the exercise, but the principal behind the exercise, in order for us to have a little insight of where it’s all leading.
The results have been quite amazing and inspirational and although we have made a lot of progress we still know that there is a lot more room for improvement in our physical condition and we plan on continuing with Penticton Pilates.