Personally, I love Pilates and I love massage so doing both is great!
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on your strength, flexibility, posture and balance. Your core strength is a huge part in Pilates as it enables you to complete all exercises correctly. A lack of core strength can cause all sorts of problems such as back pain, pelvic tilt and poor posture. Pilates helps to build strength in your core in order to improve those symptoms.
What is sports massage?
Sports massage is a type of massage that focuses on deeper layers of tissues. It involves techniques such as kneading, skin rolling and trigger pointing which helps to improve flexibility, reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), prevent injury and break down tension.
Sports massage, in conflict with its name, is not only used for sports people. People who work in an office all day or have a job where they are lifting heavy objects or drive for long hours can also benefit from having a sports massage. It helps to relieve stress, improve posture and increase relaxation.
So how can they work together?
So there are many ways Pilates and massage can work together. I have a listed a few below…
Pilates is kind of like a workout. You don’t realise how hard you’re working until you wake up the next day a feel a little bit sore! This is your DOMS. Sports massage can help to reduce DOMS by relaxing muscles and improving recovery.
If you have only just started Pilates, your muscles may be weak and tense making your more prone to injury as well as worsening your DOMS. Sports massage helps to break down muscular tension by increasing muscle temperature and encourage muscles to relax. This allows the length of a muscle to increase allowing an increase in movement and therefore preventing injury.
Massage helps to improve posture by relieving tight muscles and reducing tension around the upper back and neck. Pilates helps to further improve and maintain your posture by increasing the strength of your upper back and neck flexor muscles. A combination of both will prevent tension and poor posture from returning.
Sports massage can help to massively reduce both acute and chronic pain. Pain can be caused by injury, poor posture, stress, tension and weakness. Sports massage helps to reduce pain by improving recovery post injury, improving posture, reducing physical and mental stress and breaking down tension. Pilates helps to improve pain by improving strength and mobility. Combining both massage and Pilates would ensure pain is eliminated and prevents it from returning.
So there’s probably a lot more I could say on how they work together but I think you can get the gist!
So if you’re interested in how both Pilates and sports massage can help you, get in touch now and feel the benefits yourself!