General Manager of Operations
MD Health Corporate
After completing her degree in 2015, she relocated to the U.K for the next 3 years where she worked in a multidisciplinary clinic and travelled around Europe & South-East Asia.
Upon returning to Australia, She joined the MD Health team in April 2018 as the Practice Manager of our Kew East Branch. As the company expanded Stephanie stepped into the role of General Manager of Operations.
Stephanie has worked in the health industry for the last 12 years, working across several clinics in Melbourne & London. She strongly believes in a holistic approach to health & welling, focusing on treating the cause rather than just the symptoms.
Outside of work you’ll find her travelling and exploring new places, keeping active & enjoying all things food.
Bachelor degree in Health Science: Nutritional Medicine
- Masters Business Administration (Online-Current)
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Does Pilates Improve Mental Health?
Welcome to another informative blog post from MD Health! Today, we’ll explore the intriguing relationship between Pilates and mental health. We all know that exercise is beneficial for our physical well-being, but did you know that it can also have a profound impact on our mental health? In this article, we’ll discuss the role of exercise in mental health, the specific benefits of Pilates, and how to incorporate Pilates into a holistic mental health plan. Let’s dive in!
The Role of Exercise in Mental Health
Exercise has long been known to support mental health and well-being. Regular physical activity can help reduce stress, improve mood, and increase cognitive function. Exercise can also reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, as it encourages the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
Furthermore, engaging in exercise can provide a sense of accomplishment, boosting self-esteem and confidence.
The Mental Health Benefits of Pilates
Pilates, a form of low-impact exercise, offers many unique mental health benefits. Here are some ways Pilates can support your mental well-being:
- Improved focus and concentration: Pilates emphasizes mindfulness and body awareness, which can lead to better focus and concentration in everyday life.
- Reduced anxiety and depression: The deep, controlled breathing used in Pilates can help reduce anxiety and depression by promoting relaxation and the release of endorphins.
- Increased self-esteem: As you get better at Pilates, you may notice your posture getting better, your flexibility getting better, and your strength getting better, all of which can boost your self-esteem and confidence.
Incorporating Pilates into a Mental Health Plan
Incorporating Pilates into a mental health plan can be a powerful way to improve overall well-being and promote mental resilience. As a low-impact exercise with a focus on breath control, Pilates allows individuals to connect with their bodies and cultivate mindfulness while improving strength, flexibility, and posture.
To get the most out of Pilates’ benefits for mental health, it’s important to do it regularly, ideally engaging in Pilates sessions 2 -3 times a week. This consistency helps build a strong connection between the mind and the body and reinforces healthy habits, which can help improve mental health in a big way.
To create a well-rounded mental health plan, it is beneficial to pair Pilates with other stress-reducing activities such as:
These practices can be used together for a more holistic approach to mental health. They can help you deal with stress and anxiety while making you more self-aware and helping you control your emotions.
Individual Factors to Consider
When considering the effectiveness of Pilates for improving mental health, it is essential to take into account individual factors that can influence the overall experience and results. For example, a person’s fitness level can affect how easy it is for them to do Pilates exercises. This could affect their motivation and ability to get the mental health benefits. Age is another thing to think about, because older people may have physical problems that make it hard for them to do certain movements.
However, with appropriate modifications, Pilates can still offer a positive impact on mental health for individuals of all ages.
It’s also crucial to understand that certain mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD, can affect how someone reacts to Pilates’ emphasis on the mind-body connection. Tailoring a Pilates practice to address these unique concerns can enhance its effectiveness in supporting mental well-being.
We’ve seen countless success stories from individuals who have turned to Pilates as a powerful tool to enhance their mental well-being. One such inspiring story is that of Lisa, a busy working mom who struggled with anxiety and stress. Through consistent Pilates practice, she found a sanctuary to not only strengthen her body, but also to quiet her mind and improve her emotional resilience.
Similarly, John, a former athlete recovering from a career-ending injury, discovered a renewed sense of purpose and confidence as he rebuilt his physical and mental strength using Pilates. These stories, along with many others, showcase the transformative power of Pilates in fostering a healthy mind-body connection, alleviating stress, and empowering individuals to live their best lives.
Finding a Qualified Pilates Instructor
At MD Health, we understand that everyone’s journey to mental well-being is unique, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our team of experienced physiotherapists and exercise physiologists is available to guide you through your Pilates practice and help you tailor it to your specific needs.
Together, we can work towards fostering long-lasting, positive changes in your mental health. We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming and supportive environment where you can feel comfortable and confident in your journey towards better health and wellness. Our clinic is equipped with the latest technology and equipment, and we offer a range of services to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
But don’t just take our word for it – our satisfied clients speak for themselves! We have a long history of success stories and positive feedback from clients who have experienced the benefits of our Pilates-based physiotherapy approach.
So if you’re looking for a physiotherapy clinic that truly cares about your health and wellness, look no further than MD Health. We’re here to help you reach your goals and feel your best, every step of the way. Thank you for considering us, and we look forward to helping you on your journey to better health!
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