Category: Exercise Consultation


Yoga vs Pilates – What we recommend

We get this question asked on a regular basis so we thought it would be a great idea to note the difference between them so it can help you make the right decision choosing the right form of exercise for you.

Lets start with what they are:

What is Yoga:

According to ‘Generally [yoga] is recognised as an ancient system of philosophies, principles and practices derived from the Vedic tradition of India and the Himalayas, more than 2500 years ago. It is a system that recognises the multi-dimensional nature of the human person, and primarily relates to the nature and workings of the mind, based on experiential practice and self-enquiry.

In Yoga, the body, breath and mind are seen as a union of these multi-dimensional aspects of each and every human being. The system and various techniques of Yoga cultivate the experience of that union, leading to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind. It is a system that is designed to cultivate health and happiness, and a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness.’

What is Pilates:

According to the Pilates Fitness Institute: ‘Pilates is a physical fitness system that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates was formed by Joe during the First World War with the intention to improve the rehabilitation programme for casualties. During this period, Pilates was designed to aid injured soldiers in regaining their health by strengthening, stretching, and stabilising key muscles….Joe preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring control and technique over increased repetition. He believed that mental and physical health were essential to one another, creating what is a method of total body conditioning. Pilates uses correct alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement (the Pilates principles) to establish a perfect working body from the inside out.’

You can see they have very different origins and philosophies behind them which means they serve different purposes. So now which one is for me?

What you should take into consideration from any exercise is – what is your goal?

This is something our health professionals here at Dulwich Hill Chiropractic & Therapeutic Centre take into consideration when recommending either type of exercise.

So below is a table for reasons we would recommend to either one:

Yoga Pilates
  • Stress relief
  • More flexibility
  • Muscle strength
  • Spinal health
  • Circulation issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Entry level fitness
  • Relaxation
  • Improve sleep
  • misalignments with your muscles and joints.
  • balance issues
  • more flexibility
  • targeted muscle strength
  • postural alignment and support
  • spinal support
  • core strength concerns
  • help with back pain
  • exercise with ease on joints.
  • Coordination and control

You could say in some circumstances, the recommendations in the table above could also be found in the opposing side. We have allocated according to which exercise we believe will address each condition better.

We would love to hear from you and what you think. So please comment.

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Stretching – Static vs Dynamic

A Static Stretch is when a person holds a stretch in a stable position without considerable active movement through the stretch which lasts up to around 30 seconds.

A Dynamic Stretch, As stated on – ‘a type of sports fitness routine in which momentum and active muscular effort are used to stretch and the end position is not held’. Dynamic movement stretches are designed to take a joint or a muscle through a challenging and repetitive motion, moving a body part further with each repetition.

Which is better?

Even though static stretching was considered the norm for a long period, all the new research suggests that dynamic stretching is more ideal.

Some of these reasons include:

  • Creates better elasticity in your muscle by increasing the core temperature and warms up your muscle before activity.
  • Dynamic stretching can be more specific to the activity you are participating in. You are able to warm up specifically which in turn helps prevent injury
  • Dynamic stretching increases your range of motion. This will allow you to move more freely.

In stating this, static stretching is beneficial for post activity/workout. After physical activity, the muscles should be warmed up and the static stretch has the ability to relax the muscle as well as maintain its flexibility and range of motion. Dynamic stretching is also beneficial post activity, but has its major benefits pre activity/workout.

In a nutshell dynamic stretching has more benefits but each style has its place.

For examples of dynamic stretches and static stretches please click on this link. I will have a link to a video we have created.

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