What is Pilates?
The Pilates method represents a unique approach to exercise that develops body awareness, improving and changing the body’s postural and alignment habits and increasing flexibility and ease of movement. It aims to condition and improve central core stability and is essential for maintaining correct posture, balance and control of the whole body. Pilates method incorporates unique and specialised exercises that are performed with an underlying set of fundamental principles. The exercises may be performed on a mat or with specialist equipment.
The core fundamentals of the method are based upon a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the human body. The Pilates teacher uses this information to create a comprehensive exercise programme for each client with the aim of restoring a greater sense of balance. It is this holistic approach that sets the method apart from many other forms of exercise. Indeed, osteopaths, physiotherapists and general practitioners are now recommending Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today.
Practiced faithfully, Pilates yields numerous benefits. Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep, healthy breathing is a primary focus. Strength and flexibility, particularly of the abdomen and back muscles, coordination – both muscular and mental – are key components in an effective Pilates program. Posture, balance, and core strength are all heartily increased. Bone density and joint health improve, and many experience positive body awareness for the first time. Pilates teaches balance and control of the body, and that capacity spills over into other areas of one’s life.
To connect the mind and body and achieve the following principles:
• Centering • Concentration • Control • Precision • Breathing • Flowing movement
Who is it for? Pilates suits all ages and fitness levels, including the elderly and children over 12. It is paritcularly beneficial for people with back pain, poor postures, sports injuries, arthritis, stress-related illness and before and after pregnancy. It is often used by athletes and dancers for improving technique and performance.
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