pilates for seniors

Pilates for back pain

Pilates for back pain

Pilates is a low impact gentle form of exercise. Its perfect for seniors who are looking for an excelsior workout geared specifically to older age groups, and those who are suffering from chronic back pain. Most older people have the capacity to remarkably increase their muscle strength, balance, walking ability and overall aerobic power.

Pilates mat and studio exercise programs, created for older members, can address body awareness, muscle strength, muscle endurance, range of motion, balance, coordination, and motor planning.

The key benefits of Pilates for seniors:

  • Low impact exercise
  • Improves posture and balance
  • Improves flexibility
  • Pilates teaches control and stability
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions
  • Can helps alleviate age-related ailments
  • Its a good way to get out and make new friends

Pilates sessions help you to exercise and stay healthy as you get older.

According to Joseph Pilates “If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at the age of 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”

Pilates; back pain reliever

Pilates for back pain is a set of activities which help to reduce or vanish the back pain. The Pilates postures and positions strengthen the muscles, balances the body core and stretches the back muscles to give a relief from pain. Before starting any Pilates program for back pain, first take advice from your healthcare consultant. Pilates takes care of your spine area and suggests a perfect posture to relieve pain. Pilates not only relieve back pain but it also prevents back pain. Before you suffer from such health issue, start taking Pilates classes, it will help you to avoid back pain in future.


A Pilates exercises are based either on the mat or equipment based classes. If you are a beginner, it is advisable to start with mat Pilates where you will learn the basics.

Pilates Mat workouts are a popular type of Pilates. Mat classes are inexpensive and widely available run by independent qualified Pilates instructors. Most instructors provide free mats for students some make a small hire charge.

More advanced classes use other types of equipment such as foam rollers, stress bands, balls and magic circles.

Pilates studios offer a range of classes using a variety of equipment such as reformers, Cadillacs, wundachairs as well as offering mat classes. Studios often offer specialist group sessions catering for older age groups.

Equipment based Pilates allows for a more tailored approach to exercises using different degrees of resistance. Classes using apparatus offer a higher level of individual attention, but they’re usually more expensive.


When choosing a Pilates teacher, you should consider their experience and the quality of their training, as well as their personality and rapport. At Pilates Art Center, Manon Huetter has years of experience as a Pilates instructor.

Before attending your first class, it is recommended that you visit the Pilates studio or instructor to explain to them your goals and to design your best Pilates program.

If you suffer from any medical conditions or injuries, contact your doctor and seek their advice prior to joining a Pilates class.

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