Like many of us, doctors and other health care professionals often work in high-stress environments and, at the end of the day, they need a healthy way to unwind and release tension. Even physicians who practice Western medicine for a living can attest to the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as Pilates workouts, yoga and massage.
This article talks about the trend of doctors turning to Pilates and other alternative therapies for promoting stress relief and physical fitness. Not only do they prescribe these activities for their patients, but many of them participate in the workouts themselves. According to the author:
“A study published in the online version of Health Services Research in August (2011) found that 76 percent of health care workers and 83 percent of doctors and nurses used CAM, compared with 63 percent of the general population.”
“Christy Brave, a nurse in Loyola’s pediatric intensive care unit, said she uses regular Jazzercize, which incorporates yoga and Pilates moves, to relax and take her mind off a stressful job. She teaches the exercise/dance and has offered it free to her fellow nurses.”
Physicians and other healthcare professionals are proving that alternative therapies don’t necessarily have to compete with Western medicine, and that they complement each other quite well.
Personal Best Pilates Studio offers Pilates instruction at all levels, including Pilates equipment training and mat classes. We also feature Reiki and massage therapy.
Whether you’re looking to relieve stress or improve your stamina while getting in shape, contact us to get started with your personalized training plan.