Realign and rebalance on a Pilates Break at Ragdale Hall
Pilates can be a fantastic technique to help strengthen and balance the muscles in your body, and regular practice can come with an abundance of health and wellbeing benefits. In this blog, we’re taking a closer look at some of the amazing benefits of Pilates, and why it’s important to establish a regular Pilates routine.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. Pilates places emphasis on controlled movements, which can bring about some powerful changes in your body – the main one being helping to develop deep, muscular strength. As a result, Pilates may gradually start to transform and strengthen your body from the inside out – but you’ll need to establish a regular practice in order to start noticing changes in your body.
Here are just some of the incredible benefits of Pilates…
The founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, believed that we are only as old as our spines. By practicing Pilates regularly, over time you may start to notice that you are standing taller, this is because Pilates emphasises proper form and mindfulness with each repetition.
Strength and Flexibility
You may also find a new awareness of the small, intrinsic muscles that only Pilates can activate. As Pilates focuses on whole-body movements, you may notice that you are moving about your everyday tasks with more grace and have an enhanced range of motion.
Pilates exercises are designed to strengthen your core muscles, which in turn will help to improve your overall balance. As Pilates exercises focus on controlled movements, you may start to notice you’re more aware of your mind-body connection.
Pilates focuses on the mind, body and spirit connection, with a focus on deep, rhythmic breathing which will help to re-focus your mind to the here and now. By focusing only on your breath, you free yourself from any distractions and ‘to do lists’, which can improve your wellbeing. Try to dedicate at least half an hour to your Pilates practice two-three times a week to reap these rewards.
Overall sense of wellbeing
As Pilates encourages you to breathe more deeply and rhythmically as you move, you may notice your energy levels start to improve. No more afternoon slumps, or struggling to wake up in the morning! You may notice you are performing daily tasks with greater ease too.
Pilates at Ragdale
Whether you regularly practice Pilates or have attended a Pilates Break at Ragdale before, strengthen and tone your whole body as you relax and recharge in glorious countryside surroundings on the Pilates Break hosted by renowned Pilates industry expert, Cherry Baker (Sunday 23rd – Tuesday 25th January 2022 and Sunday 25th – Tuesday 27th September 2022). Whether you regularly practice Pilates or have attended a Pilates Break at Ragdale before, we will guide you through a number of sessions to help you improve your technique and posture and learn more about the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of this form of exercise. For the more experienced Pilates practitioner, we are offering an experienced break led by Cherry Baker using specialist Pilates equipment, helping take you to the next level and develop your technique and knowledge.
If you enjoy Pilates but prefer taking it at a slower, more mindful pace, then our Mindful Pilates Retreat led by experienced teacher, Nicola Bowen-Jones (Sunday 3rd July – Tuesday 5th July 2022) might be your ideal retreat. The break includes a fusion of gentle Pilates movements, stretching, and relaxation techniques including mindfulness practices, making it the ideal retreat to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Pilates breaks at Ragdale include all meals, full use of all facilities including Rooftop Infinity Pool, Twilight Bar, Thermal Spa and pools, Heart + Soul Fitness studios and gym, plus two luxurious 25-minute treatments. Prices start from £208.50 per person per night for all Pilates Breaks.
To enquire about one of the above breaks or to book onto a fitness break, please call Reservations on 01664 433000 or email Reservations@ragdalehall.co.uk.
*Prices are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to change.