You can read more about the benefits of hot Pilates here. The short version is that hot Pilates is an alternative treatment for back pain, and one of the main benefits is that the warmth of the room opens the body's connective tissues and allows you to get further into the exercises, much like hot yoga from what I understand. Simplyhealth are currently promoting their BackCare app and ran an event for bloggers earlier this month to showcase what hot Pilates can do.
You can find out more about their app here. For every download, £1 is donated to the BackCare charity, so give it a go! I've been experiencing a fair bit of stiffness in my neck and upper back recently and managed to find some handy exercises using the app, so I'd personally recommend it.
The hot Pilates event was held at the fab Yotopia studio in Covent Garden on one of the first warm days of the year, so I was nicely warmed up by the time I arrived. The class lasted an hour in a room heated to about 35oC and I was hot but fairly comfortable in a Sweaty Betty vest top and some running shorts. I absolutely loved the teacher, Amy, and she did a brilliant job of guiding us through a number of Pilates exercises, most of which were standing positions, and definitely with a yoga influence.
I went into the class with a stiff neck and upper back, as well as stiff hips from my long run that morning. I came out of the class feeling much more mobile and weirdly serene from the warmth. I already want to go back! I was worried that I wouldn't like the heat but I actually really enjoyed it - as someone who hates being cold but burns very easily in the sun, it was actually a really enjoyable way of being warm.
|Thank goodness the photos were before the class!|
Thanks so much to everyone involved in the event for putting on a great afternoon, and for providing photos of the event.