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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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TORALES, Julio et al. Does PILATES improve mental health?. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2019, vol.17, n.3, pp.97-102. ISSN 1812-9528.  https://doi.org/10.18004/mem.iics/1812-9528/2019.017.03.97-102.

Pilates is an alternative form of physical therapy of low-to-moderate intensity, predominantly performed on the floor and which focuses on addressing stability, muscle strength, flexibility, breathing and posture. There is evidence supporting its usefulness in physical health. In contrast, the evidence is still limited in terms of its effectiveness in improving mental health. The objective of this review article was to highlight the preliminary evidence that supports the usefulness of Pilates in the improvement of mental health and psychological variables of people. This was a non-systematic narrative review, focused on primary literature, selected from a search in PubMed and SciELO databases. The key terms used were: “Pilates and mental health”, “Pilates and mental disorders”, and “Pilates and psychiatry”. The results were supplemented with secondary literature (books and book chapters). The research was carried out in order to provide a general orientation that would serve psychiatrists and physiotherapists in the design of therapeutic plans that complement psychopharmaceuticals, psychotherapy and conventional physical exercise.

Keywords : Pilates; mental health; psychological variables.

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