Why go for pilates?
“The Pilates method of body conditioning reawakens and stimulates brain cells, stimulating further the functioning of the mind” – Joseph Hubertus Pilates
Pilates was founded by Joseph Pilates, its original purpose being to rehabilitate patients with injuries and diseases. Although he was born a frail child, Joseph Pilates overcame his physical weaknesses through a dedicated life of physical activity. Later, he used his personal experiences in boxing, gymnastics, diving, skiing, to develop the Pilates Method which we know today. To help create the resistance exercise equipment required by his patients, Joseph Pilates used everyday objects around him, such as bedsprings. Pilates later evolved into a mainstream exercise when it was discovered that the exercises were not only beneficial to the sick and injured but were also effective for individuals who are healthy.
Today, the benefits of Pilates are well known and Pilates exercises are practiced worldwide by millions of people, whether they are physically fit or unfit.
In essence, Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise stat stresses muscular strength, flexibility and endurance and is mainly used to strengthen the core muscles of the abdomen, lower back, hips and thighs.
The principles of Pilates
- Pilates involves deep, conscious and controlled inhalation through the nose and exhalation through the mouth. This improves overall blood circulation during exercise, helping the muscles to function optimally.
- By focussing and becoming aware of each body movement, you promote the mind-body connection, and this connection lies at the very core of Pilates. When doing Pilates exercises, you must always be mindful of your physical movements and thoughts.
- In Pilates it is always quality over quantity. You need to be mindful of your every movement and it needs to be controlled and precise in order to achieve positive results.
- In order to bring calm to both body and spirit when doing Pilates, you need to bring your focus to the centre of your body. According to the Pilates philosophy, all movements find its origin from the centre of the body. You should visualise the centre of your body as a three dimensional sphere that changes in size as your muscles contract and relax.
- Flow of motion
- Graceful, smooth, fluid and elegant movements, this is what defines Pilates exercises. Your movements should not be jerky or quick and each exercise should have a start and end point, with the movements in-between being seamless.
- During a Pilates workout, it is of great importance that movements be executed with precision. It is better to complete less exercises more precisely than completing more exercises in an inexact manner.
- Postural Alignment
- At all times, Pilates demands good posture from head to toes. You must be aware of all the parts of your body when you are practicing Pilates, and it is especially important to be aware of the position of your spine, neck, pelvis and head in order to ensure correct technique and breathing.
It doesn’t matter if you are sixteen or seventy, we have the perfect Pilates routine for you. Pilates works to condition the whole body. It requires patience and delivers long lasting results.
Who is Pilates for, and what are the benefits?
Pilates offers the perfect workout for:
- Pregnant women (pre- and post-natal)
- Runners and Walkers
- Those in rehabilitation
- Everybody (women, men and children)
Benefits of Pilates:
- Improves strength, flexibility and balance
- Tones and builds long, lean muscles without bulk
- Trains the abdominal muscles to support the process
- Engages the mind and enhances body awareness
- Increases flexibility, movement and stamina, helping the body to be less prone to injury
- Reduces stress, relieves tension and boost energy through deep stretching
- Restores postural alignment
- Creates a stronger, more flexible spine
- Promotes recovery from strain or injury
- Increases joint range of motion
- Improves circulation
- Heightens neuromuscular coordination
- Offers relief from back pain and joint stress
- Compliments sports training and develops functional fitness for daily activities
- Improves the way your body looks and feels
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