Mat Pilates vs. Equipment Pilates

Are you new to practicing Pilates? There are so many questions in regards to which form of exercise is more effective, Mat Pilates or Reformer Pilates. It can sometimes come down to personal preference, convenience and pricing. I have attached below just a few great articles that are very helpful in further understanding the different benefits of each practice. 




Thirsty Thursday


Stress Reduction


1. Meditate 
A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. “Research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,” says psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach.
It's simple. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus your attention on reciting -- out loud or silently -- a positive mantra such as “I feel at peace” or “I love myself.” Place one hand on your belly to sync the mantra with your breaths. Let any distracting thoughts float by like clouds.

2. Breathe Deeply 
Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth
“Deep breathing counters the effects of stress by slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure,” psychologist Judith Tutin, PhD, says. She's a certified life coach in Rome, GA.

3. Be Present
Slow down. 
“Take 5 minutes and focus on only one behavior with awareness,” Tutin says. Notice how the air feels on your face when you’re walking and how your feet feel hitting the ground. Enjoy the texture and taste of each bite of food.
When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense.

4. Reach Out
Your social network is one of your best tools for handling stress. Talk to others -- preferably face to face, or at least on the phone. Share what's going on. You can get a fresh perspective while keeping your connection strong.

5. Tune In to Your Body
Mentally scan your body to get a sense of how stress affects it each day. Lie on your back, or sit with your feet on the floor. Start at your toes and work your way up to your scalp, noticing how your body feels. 

Pilates


The Journey To Healthy Living

Mental and physical health is a journey. Each day we have the opportunity to make healthy choices, to keep moving towards our personal goals and desired destination. Have patience. Love yourself in the process. Strive for progress instead of perfection. 

Pilates Benefits





Brain & Body


What "Fuels" You?




Fuel For The Heart



Healthy Lifestyle


Summer Fresh