If you haven’t tried Trigger Point Pilates yet… why not?!
Those who practice ‘rehydrating’ their muscles by rolling or using trigger point balls, are already a step ahead of those who aren’t!
Our bodies don’t just need impact, vigour and hard work. Our muscles and connective tissue needs time to relax and time to hydrate – with movement, not just with water and even more so if you already have a well established exercise regime.
As we age, and over mostly over the age of 30 – yes, 30, our bone density and the Human Growth Hormone, starts to decline. Depressing isn’t it! In order to at least keep on top of these changes we need to be exercising correctly and this is where Trigger Point Pilates comes in.
We all know by now how we get stiffer as we age, how getting up from sitting or laying in the same position becomes problematic, but it really doesn’t have to be!
Yes, we lose the elasticity and flexibility of our muscles and connective tissue as we age – think of a dry sponge. Now think of a sponge that is hydrated. It takes on a completely different form and has more available movement than a dry one! That’s just like our connective tissue. Our connective tissue is everywhere in our body and surrounds our muscles in ‘fascial lines’, so if we release the lines of fascia that surround our muscles, the muscles inside will have a chance to soften and relax too.
If I haven’t managed to convince you yet, here are 5 more reasons why Trigger Point Pilates is the way forward!
- It will help to reduce pain. Trigger Points are adhesions in the connective tissue (myofascial system) which can mimic conditions like bursitis, tendonitis, migraines and headaches. The use of spiky balls and rollers combined classical pilates exercise provides core strength, flexibility and pain reduction.
- Many trigger points are located in the neck and upper back and can create headaches and neck tension, especially from overuse of electronic devices. In a Trigger Point Pilates class, we use simple release techniques to help ‘unwind’ these tight areas.
- Trigger Points make muscles tight and weak. When muscles are tight and weak, they lose their ability to function properly…By releasing trigger points and then stretching, we can dramatically improve our flexibility in areas of extreme tightness.
- By using self myofascial release techniques (or SMR) you will help release tight muscles that create a negative pull on your posture. Combined with classical Pilates and learning how to use your core correctly, you can have a positive influence your posture.
- It’s cheaper than constant trips to your body worker! Chiropractic and osteopathy treatments are a necessity these days if you need to have your body adjusted due to being out of alignment. Regular Trigger Point Pilates sessions will help you maintain your treatment and will teach you how to ‘look after yourself’ – which is after all, what it’s all about isn’t it?
I’m looking forward to teaching my Mini 4 week course, starting 18th July (Click here for details) and more Trigger Point Pilates Courses in September 2017.