What is Pilates?

 

Pilates is a mind-body exercise that improves the way you look, feel, and perform. It builds strength without bulk and engages postural muscles often neglected by sports and other workouts.


It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1920’s, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.


Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. Your core is the area between your shoulders and your pelvis and encompasses all the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement.


As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain. As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.


Core strength and torso stability, together with correct alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing and flowing movement ( the Pilates principles ), set the Pilates method apart from many other types of exercise. Weight lifting, for example, can put a lot of attention on arm or leg strength without attending much to the fact that those parts are connected to the rest of the body! Even running or swimming can seem like all arms and legs, with either a floppy or overly tense core.


Pilates exercises are done on either on a mat on the floor, or on exercise equipment developed by Joseph Pilates. The workout equipment that we use in Pilates generally utilizes pulleys and resistance from the participants own body weight on the machine and graduated levels of springs. The reformer is probably the best-known piece of resistance equipment that you will encounter at a Pilates studio.


Modification is the key to Pilates exercise success with a variety of populations. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level.

 

What Are The Benefits?

 
  •  Increased strength and flexibility
  •  Better posture and mind-body awareness
  •  Toning and weight loss
  •  Improved circulation and deep breathing
  •  Injury prevention and rehabilitation

 

What Is Pilates

What Is Pilates

 
 

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