Many health benefits have been reported regarding Pilates training. However, only a few of these reports have undergone rigorous scientific study. This area requires more research. Pilates practitioners state that Pilates training can lead to improved mobility of the joints, better balance, improved muscle tone, and better posture. They also indicate that Pilates training relieves tension and stress.
Professional athletes and elite dancers use Pilates to complement their training. Pilates exercises improve flexibility and develop strength for the whole body. It also minimizes the likelihood of injury.
There is some medical evidence that individuals who are suffering from non-specific pain in their lower back can gain relief from the pain through Pilates training. Using Pilates equipment provides individuals with pain in their back with support as they perform the Pilates exercises. For the Pilates exercises to effectively remove the pain, the drills have to be customized to the individual. And these exercises have to be vetted by a medical professional who is appropriately qualified. Pilates instructors are not medical professionals and therefore are unable to offer, treat, or prescribe therapy.
Selecting A Pilates Class
A Pilates session can be held in an open area using mats and using small Pilates equipment. A Pilates session can also be held at a specialized Pilates studio that has several Pilates apparatus. Both apparatus Pilates and mat Pilates can be a group session where one instructor teaches several students, or they can be a private session where one instructor teaches only one student. A typical Pilates class lasts up to one hour only.
An ideal apparatus Pilates class would be a private session wherein each instructor will only teach one student for maximum lesson absorption to practice the right form and movement. As for the ideal mat class, it would be one instructor teaching a maximum of twelve students. This is to make sure that each student receives the instructor’s attention. If it would be more than twelve, then, the instructor would have a difficult time to see if they are all performing well. This is the reason why a Pilates session is limited to a small group.
Group sessions for apparatus classes are top-rated. However, a practitioner should have a certain level of experience of using the Pilates apparatus before they decide to join a group session of an apparatus class.
Unfortunately, Pilates instructors are currently not legally and officially required to register. There is also no recognized qualifications for a Pilates instructor. This means that any individual can act as a Pilates instructor or trainer. Instructors for mat Pilates classes have a level 3 qualification that is nationally recognized. However, there are no recognized qualifications for instructors in apparatus Pilates classes.
The experience of a Pilates instructor should be considered when selecting an instructor for Pilates training. Also, the quality of their Pilates training sessions should be considered. Given some thought, the personality of the Pilates instructor has to be taken into account, as well. And you should also look at their rapport with their students. An excellent and experienced Pilates instructor should have had at least four hundred fifty hours of teacher training over several months or even years.