Pilates and Substance Abuse Recovery
Adding Pilates To Your Recovery Treatments Can Be An Effective Stress Reducer.
It’s a simple, age-old formula. Are you feeling anxious and stressed out? Take a good vigorous run and your body will feel a release of that tension. It’s been widely noted that regular exercise promotes a more rapid and sustained recovery from substance abuse. Past studies have shown that aerobic exercise, such as running, swimming and cycling alter the brain’s dopamine system, reducing anxiety and stress. But sometimes, your body isn’t ready for the rigors of a 5 mile run. With Pilates, you can gently start your exercise regime and build up with time.
How Exercise Is Beneficial For Substance Abuse Recovery
“Several studies have shown that, in addition to these benefits, aerobic exercise has been effective in preventing the start, increase and relapse of substance use in a number of categories, including alcohol, nicotine, stimulants and opioids,” says Panayotis (Peter) Thanos, PhD, RIA senior research scientist and senior author of the study.
Add Pilates Resistance Exercises For A Well Balanced Recovery
Recent clinical studies have focused on resistance exercise as a part of a well-balanced substance abuse recovery treatment plan. In a study published in the well-respected National Center for Biotechnology Information, it was established that resistance training, such as weight lifting and Pilates, actually reduce the cravings for opioid drugs, such as heroin.
How Pilates Works
Pilates is a form of exercise that is done on a device called a reformer. This device allows the user to practice a number of flexibility and strength building exercises that develop strength in legs, arms, back and abdominals. At Mindful Rejuvenation, the Pilates workout is a group activity. The training session is lead by a professional Pilates instructor who provides personal instruction to everyone in the class on how to properly use the exercise reformer. Each training session is accomplished in a class of 12 or less and is approximately one hour. The level of intensity can be customized for your fitness level. From a gentle initiation to a more a strenuous workout, Pilates wjll help your body to release endorphin and cleanse your body and mind.
The Results Are Effective
According to recent studies, this type of resistance training, when incorporated into an overall plan of treatment, decreases the positive reinforcing effects of heroin and produces changes in opioid and dopamine systems. Helping to free yourself from addiction.