Studies that measured changes in women’s brain activity after 10 weeks of Pilates training found an increase in the brain’s alpha peak power. It is related to neural network activity, memory performance, and other cognitive functions.
From our late 20’s, we start to lose about 1% of the volume of our hippocampus, the portion of the brain responsible for memory and cognitive function.
Scientists have only recently found that our brains can create new cells, thus slowing down or reversing brain shrinkage.
Studies have proved that exercise improves the creation of new brain cells as well as protects existing cells.
Furthermore, mindful movement practices have shown to increase brain functioning.
Pilates offers a practice that can result in better memory, lower risks of Alzheimer’s disease, better learning and problem solving, a higher IQ and more.
Researchers believe Pilates may even hold potential as a treatment option for people with brain-degenerative diseases and cognitive dysfunctions.