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PILATES


Swap Stress for Serotonin D


Give Your Clients the Gift of Reduced Stress This Holiday Season by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Team


espite being a festive time filled with loved ones, the holiday season can also often be equated to feelings of being overwhelmed, stressed and a general sense of chaos. During this busyness, exercising is one of the first things to fall off of people’s priority lists, but give your


clients a reason not to let this happen; keeping the body active with conscious, mindful movement gives the ability to be present, reduce stress, and enjoy a jolt of energy. STOTT PILATES® has an excellent reputation as a method that


develops strength, flexibility and endurance but comes with a host of other benefits that can positively influence day-to-day life. As pilates has a mind-body connectivity focus, it provides a number of mental and physical bonuses that will make holiday season survival much more manageable.


Be Present and Engaged Pilates requires a deep introspection and self-awareness, provid- ing the opportunity to take a mental break from daily distractions. Different from activities that focus on high intensity, this style of


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workout demands focus and intention, squeezing out thoughts of external pressures and providing the mind with some relief in order to focus on the activity at hand. A mindful presence allows us to observe our thoughts and experi-


ences as they are and has been reported to increase happiness, enjoy a more relaxed state of mind and lower stress levels. As a trainer, if you’re able to offer your clients these types of positive benefits, chances are you’ll see these patrons more often.


Enjoy Relief from Stress


As a calming and energizing activity, after a pilates workout it’s common to feel a relaxed frame of mind and a renewed sense of stamina. Well documented for years, physical activity releases endorphins and serotonin, resulting in feelings of euphoria. Who doesn’t want to feel happier during the holidays, or at any other time of the year?! Also, while breathing is an easily-overlooked detail, proper


breath technique and pattern will properly engage the core and may also relieve symptoms of stress, which as an added bonus can


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