How Pilates Helps to Relieve Work-Related Stress

An increasing number of clients are walking through my studio door and sighing about the stress at work. It seems that the triggers of work-related stress are on the rise. I’d like to encourage everyone to take the signs of stress in their body seriously. Because having an awareness of the factors that lead to stress and how to recover from them is more important than ever.

What are the triggers of stress?

A Demanding Superior

Your supervisor is a decisive factor in the design and organisation of your work. Unrealistic deadlines for deliverables, unclear priorities and a lack of support or appreciation can easily lead to anxiety and pressure in the workplace.


The age of technology is awe-inspiring. But it is also a potential source of stress. The speed and ease with which information is created and circulated is significant. Not only is there an increase in work volume but also in the time pressure to respond quickly. The expectation of being constantly accessible is a stress in itself.


Anyone who works in an open-plan office knows the meaning of interruptions. Telephone calls, open discussions, notifications and desk “drop-ins” disturb the flow of concentration for the task at hand. It’s not always possible to withdraw.

What are the signs of stress?

Signs of stress and of not coping well can reveal themselves as chronic exhaustion, fatigue, or constant irritation and restlessness. An increase in absenteeism due to illness or feelings of anxiety when one thinks about the workplace are all signs to watch out for.

How do I recover from work stress?

We know the general recommendations for good health and well-being such as eating a balanced diet, staying active, getting enough sleep and maintaining social circles. Be that as it may, my insider tip against work stress is to do Pilates exercises. Pilates is not only beneficial for the body but also the psyche benefits particularly from it.

Pilates is a simultaneous combination of stretching and strengthening the muscles. This work of the muscles send signals to the brain that lighten the mood and reduce fatigue. With the inclusion of specific breathing patterns, a state of physical and mental relaxation is achieved.

As described in the article How to breathe to improve posture, breathing in a correct manner is fundamental for Pilates training. By observing one’s own breath, one can begin to breathe deeper and thus initiate changes to the stress hormones via the parasympathetic nervous system. Gradually the mind becomes calmer and a focused relaxation prevails.

Take it from my clients – just as they continue to come to Pilates Class on a stressful work day, so can you. Listen carefully to your body.

I can offer you a true way to achieve rest and recovery with Pilates.