I started Pilates 3 years ago after considerable prompting from my wife. I had suffered from lower back pain for several years and the usual pain killers from the doctor and hot water bottle never fixed the problem and he could find no obvious cause. Trips to the gym to generally exercise or use weights also had no significant effect. Finally a referral to a physio identified very tight hamstrings so at last I had something to focus attention on as a possible cause.
Very slowly with a weekly Pilates session and a complimentary weekly session of yoga my symptoms eased and at the same time my core strength increased noticeably. Now after 3 years all the back problems have gone and I continue to feel generally fitter, stronger and much more flexible.
It is not a quick fix – I’ve heard people say they tried it for a month and it didn’t work for them. Well considering the aches and pains arise after years of bad posture or lack of exercise then it’s naive to think it can be fixed in a few hours of exercise. Pilates should be seen as part of a new way of living to slowly rebuild some lost core strength and flexibility that will help you avoid injury and make you feel much more capable. It has certainly worked for me in my 50’s and I intend to keep going.