Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Ease Back Pain with Hot Pilates

Hot Pilates

I was invited to come down to Yotopia Yoga Studio in Covent Garden, London, to try out Hot Pilates hosted by Simplyhealth. I started my Pilates journey at the beginning of this year and now do it twice a week but never tried Hot Pilates so was really excited about going.

The class forms part of a wider campaign promoting the launch of their (Simplyheath) Back care app, which has been designed to help those suffering with back trouble overcome their aches and pains by adopting practices like yoga and Pilates.

I put my back out some years ago and still have problems, with just a sneeze it can go, so started Pilates just for that reason to strengthen my lower back after hearing that it can help.

That morning the sun was shining and I was in good spirits until I hit a snag in my journey thanks to TfL. Any who luckily the class was running late but so was I... Grrr! As I walked through the streets trying to reach my destination, it was crowded with happy smiley people enjoying the gentle breeze and gorgeous sunshine. There’s something about the sun that makes people happy.

Hot Pilates is an alternative treatment for back pain which encompasses the basic principles of Pilates and yoga but utilises infrared radiant heating panels. These panels emit Far Infrared Rays (FIR) which safely warms the skin and speeds up the process of producing sweat. These rays are totally invisible and capable of filtering through the body, where they gently raise the body's surface temperature.

arrived at the studio on Mercer Street and missed at least 15mins of the session, I was so gutted, but managed to pick it up quickly so all was not lost.

Amy guided as through some controlled moves, the room was pretty warm, not something I was use to whilst working out, a bead of sweat rolled down the side of my face whilst trying to concentrate on my balance. The exercises were pretty intense, you really had to engage your core and use upper body strength for planks and the various other movements, my upper body strength is terrible, I have really weak wrists so certain movements really challenging. I’m sure in time they will strengthen. The session lasted for an hour in my case 45mins, but I felt like I got alot out of it in the time that I had.

What are the benefits?

Sweating on a regular basis allows the body to cleanse itself and release harmful toxins and waste from the skin. When you sweat your capillaries expand, helping the body dissolve all those hidden toxins lying deep under your skin.

Immunity boost
Viruses cannot survive in high temperatures so increasing the body’s core temperature helps fight off infections, which are pushed out through sweat.

Healthy connective tissue
Hot Pilate’s opens the body’s connective tissues helping the muscles get in to more strenuous postures and positions.

Weight Loss
Hot Pilates can result in weight loss because stretching deeper helps to build more muscle, which in turn burns more fatty acids and breaks down glucose.

Back Care App by SimplyHealth

I downloaded the app and was impressed with how informative it was. It teaches you how to reduce the chances of developing back pain at home, work, whilst driving, cycling and during pregnancy. I found the app really useful and the simply illustrations were easy to follow.

The Simplyhealth Back Care app is an easy way to find information, exercises and videos to help you manage and prevent back pain.

Many thanks to the guys at Greenlight & Simplyhealth for the invite and I look forward to going back and using my complimentary vouchers.

Disclosure: I attended this session for the purpose of a review .This is not a sponsored post and no money has been exchanged. All views and opinions expressed are honest and entirely my own.

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