Studio 74 - Who Can Benefit?
Whilst being two different systems, both Pilates and GYROTONIC® techniques address the same principles and goals in attaining fitness and flexibility, strength and tone, correcting muscle imbalance and improving breathing patterns leading to an improved sense of well being.
The adaptability and safety of both systems lend themselves to all levels of physical fitness, to all ages and to those of the following groups.
General Fitness & Toning
Both techniques are ideal for anyone striving for balanced sleek muscle tone, cardiovascular fitness, and increased vitality.
Desk Based Occupations
Modern reliance on computers requires us to remain seated for long periods, often contributing to poor posture, lower back pain and repetitive strain injuries. Both exercise methods will encourage better postural awareness and release tension throughout the body.
Both systems are ideal exercise during and after pregnancy as they relieve lower back pain and constipation, whilst energising the body to combat fatigue. They also strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, help prevent swollen legs and varicose veins, concentrate on body alignment and improve posture. As well as building strength and stamina for the birthing process, the exercises will increase blood circulation and oxygen to the womb. The programme is adapted accordingly during each stage of pregnancy. After the birth, safe, gentle exercises recover body shape and tone.
The GYROTONIC Expansion System® and Pilates provide wonderful exercise for older clients as they are especially effective at relieving back pain, joint stiffness, arthritis and tension throughout the body. The client can work out in a quiet and calming environment and leave the studio feeling relaxed and energised.
Clients Recovering from Injury or Surgery
These gentle postural rehabilitation programmes are often recommended by doctors, osteopaths and physiotherapists to rebuild muscle and strength after surgery or after years of injury or strain. The non-weight bearing exercises are tailored to accommodate the injured area with the correct amount of resistance to provide both stimulation and support. Individual training with specific hands-on support ensures that the client is always exercising safely.
If you are suffering from an acute problem, we recommend that you see your doctor or physiotherapist prior to attending the studio. We then would be happy to work with your specialist in addressing the underlying cause.
Athletes and Dancers in Training
These methods have, for many years, been used by dancers, and now athletes (even football players) around the world incorporate these techniques into their training regime. They are ideal for developing a steely inner core, and for enhancing performance by developing stamina, co-ordination and strength. Particular attention can be paid to re-balancing symmetry in the body upset by repetitive movement patterns and overuse injuries. The entire musculature becomes evenly balanced and conditioned, and so is less prone to injury.
People suffering general Health Problems
Regular practice of these techniques can help alleviate conditions such as asthma, tension headaches, depression, seasonal affective disorders, ME and everyday stress. Both systems promote healthy cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems, and can lower blood pressure.