Pilates – for inner and outer strength with benefits for all ages.
Pilates is a form of exercise designed to strengthen the body core, which is the abdominal and spinal areas. This is achieved through a sequence of precise movements. This, together with the breath and relaxation, help re-balance the body and calm the mind. In a beginners class a small amount of exercises are taught precisely, enabling the students to discover balance in their own body and stimulate the correct neuromuscular pathways. The idea being that if the student can locate and engage core muscles of the body enhancing stability, they will eventually release the more superficial muscles, allowing them to function correctly, and the whole body can work more efficiently.
Many physiotherapists use Pilates Method as part of patient treatments.
Due to its extremely low impact on the joints, Pilates Method is suitable for almost everyone.
A refreshing mind-body workout
By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement.
Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility
More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
Create an evenly conditioned body, improve sports performance, and prevent injuries
Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury.
Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing.
But it’s also challenging…
Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. Get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.