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How Pilates Can Boost your Love Life
A fabulous love life is based on mental and physical well-being – just like you need to feel loved and happy to be in the right state for making love, so your body needs to be supple and healthy to enjoy sex. Even more importantly the mind and body have to exist in the right proportion so that a lack or over-emphasis in either does not lead to an imbalance. There are many systems of working out which nurture this mind-body balance and one of these in Pilates. So if you are keen on energizing your love life, doing Pilates may be a good way to start.
What does it involve?
Pilates is the term given to a mind-body conditioning method of exercise which was developed by Joseph H. Pilates in early twentieth century . When developing his regimen, Joseph Pilates studied movement, including that of babies and quadruped animals. He noticed how repeated movements of modern living utilized just a few muscles for activities like driving, writing, walking. This was a far cry from how human bodies were originally used for instance in activities like hunting and climbing. In order to redress the situation, Pilates created movements that are natural, fluid and utilize muscles neglected by modern living. This helped not only to increase flexibility and stamina by bringing all muscles into play but also provided greater mindfulness and hence peace and relaxation – all conditions which are ideal to boost one’s sex life.
Enhances blood circulation
A healthy circulatory system is extremely important for enjoyable sex. For one, arousal is difficult when blood circulation is too weak to reach the sex organs. Then again increased blood flow to the genitals is necessary for really intense orgasms. Many exercises of Pilates focus on “scooping” or pulling the “navel to the spine”; this in turn brings increased blood flow to the pelvic area. The continuous rush of fresh blood and oxygen to the sexual organs that Pilates brings about, results in an increase in libido and more intense orgasms.
One of the biggest libido killers in modern life is stress – increased worry and anxiety not only puts one off sex mentally but makes the body vulnerable to a host of medical conditions which make sex further difficult. However by doing Pilates, you are taught to practice a method of breathing teaches you breath control. This method of breathing not only increases your physical health, it also reduces your blood pressure and triggers a relaxation response in the brain. You feel less stressed out and even when faced with tension triggers in your day, you are better able to cope instead of giving way to panic and frustration. Eventually a more calmer and relaxed mind translates into a more fulfilling love-making experience.
Brings about mindfulness
This is another way that Pilates helps you to get into the mood for love. A slump in the libido is not only caused by stressful events at work or home but sometimes simply by having too much think about – scheduling for the next day, worrying over what to pack for lunch or how to fit in kids’ piano lessons between back-to-back office presentations are enough to turn off anyone from sex. Pilates on the other hand improves focus and concentration. In order to work your body correctly, safely, and efficiently, you must concentrate throughout the exercises. The same thing happens when you are making love - you learn to be fully present or “in the moment” and this inevitably enhances your sexual experiences.. Pilates trains your body and mind to be totally present in whatever it is that you are doing at this moment. The benefits in the bedroom are enormous, enabling you to connect with your partner in a far more intimate and enjoyable way that you may have been doing till now.
Increases physical stamina
Apart from preparing the mind to enjoy sex, Pilates benefits the body in several ways as well. A key element to Pilates is muscle control. Joseph H. Pilates originally called his form of exercise “contrology” since the focus is not really on speed but on control. It is not how fast you are doing the exercises that is important but the technique that you are adopting. As you hone the techniques of the Pilates exercises, your body gains strength and stamina in a steady and healthy way. Also in Pilates you are using your own body weight to perform the exercises which is unlike working out with machines at the gym. This is especially true with Pilates mat work, which was the original method of Joseph H. Pilates. The results are apparent in your love life when you find that during sexual activity, your body is far more flexible and tireless than before. Because sexual activity often requires you to use and sometimes support your own body weight, you will be able to enjoy yourself without any physical discomfort and will not become easily fatigued, thus making for a longer, more intimate experience. Above all, being more flexible will also encourage you to experiment with different sexual positions and techniques – all of which are great libido-boosters since it makes for fun and variety in an intimate relationship.
Strengthens pelvic muscles
One of the most common causes of a dampened love life is sexual dysfunction. In later years especially, sexual dysfunction is often due to a prolapsed uterus or bladder. Pilates focuses on the deep muscles of the abdomen and the pelvic floor, strengthening the muscles that support the internal organs. This benefit together with increased overall muscle strength, enhanced flexibility and healthy joints means that Pilates is a useful thing to practice if one is keen to keep the romantic fires burning well into the golden years.
Finally like all forms of holistic work-out systems, Pilates works by enhancing the health of both body and mind. While it relaxes the mind and teaches it to enjoy being in the moment, it also keeps the body fit and toned. All this creates the ideal conditions to enjoy sex since when you are feeling attractive from within and without, you are ready for some hot amorous action with your partner.