Pilates helps architect with back pain

Filed under: Pilates News — Wayne on July 29, 2009

Like many professionals, award winning architect Eduardo Calma spent many long hours sat hunched over a desk staring at a computer screen. The lack of movement in his daily working life caused him problems with his spine, as he explains:

I’d be sitting down, hunched in front of the computer while drawing for hours. I wasn’t using my stomach muscles.

Three years ago, Eduardo’s wife Suzanne suggested that he took Pilates classes in Pilates classes pilates classes Pilates classes to help with his back pain and to aid his general fitness. Eduardo took his wife’s advice and enrolled on Pilates classes, which he initially thought were very easy. He soon realised though that Pilates was working for him, and was providing him with a thorough workout.

In 50 minutes, I get an intense, all-around workout. I get to develop every part of my body equally. I get exhausted after one session, but I feel it’s worth it for that amount of time, as opposed to just running for two hours. In Pilates, you must sustain the movements, and that requires control.

Because Eduardo suffered from back pains, he wasn’t pushed in his first few sessions. As his experience grew however, he was given more challenges and has learned how to control his body. He now practises a Pilates workout that features 24 different sets moves, and each set of moves contains variations which allow him to focus on different muscle groups.

Eduardo is now 44 and doesn’t suffer from any pains in his back or his shoulders. He’s also much fitter than many men his age thanks to his Pilates workouts.

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