Pilates

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” Joseph Pilates. Aged 86.

Pilates Exercise correction

If you are a runner, driver, office worker, golfer, tennis player or a new Mum, chances are you’ve heard someone talking about the benefits of Pilates. Many types of people, at many levels of fitness, who have begun doing Pilates exercises, say they’ve seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, abdominal strength — and decreases in back, neck & joint pain.

Forty years after his death, the system of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates has never been in such demand. But can the benefits of Pilates. A system of strengthening and stretching exercises, designed to develop the body’s core, mobilise the spine & build flexibility. Pilates is an education in body awareness. It can change your shape by educating you in your daily life and habits. When you’re cooking, gardening, or brushing your teeth, the lessons are coming home, to pull in your abdominal muscles and pull your shoulders down. There is an attention required in doing the exercises that alters your body awareness, even after your Pilates class/session!

Pilates pose

It teaches you how to train your mind & build symmetry and coordination in your body.

As a Pilates teacher – The biggest benefit in my eyes would be personal awareness — awareness of how you sit, how you stand or how you move and being able to relate those habits to the aches and pains and injuries you have or have had in the past.

 

Just one example, it can help make you aware of that chronic tweak in the neck you get from sitting at the computer all day with rounded shoulders and a phone cradled between ear and shoulder.

I meet a lot of people with injuries, chronic medical conditions, or weakness of the postural muscles, as a result of health issues, work, lifestyle, or not exercising the right way. People generally sit slouched at computers all day, then go to the gym and work their extremities, but they don’t work their core!

Think of a tree, Pilates experts say. Does it have all its strength in its limbs? No. The tree is only as strong as its trunk and roots.

Men do Pilates too !!!

Without a strong trunk, the tree would topple over.

It is the same for human bodies, say Pilates experts. If we don’t concentrate on building a good foundation and a strong trunk or core, we’ll end up tight in some places and weak in others, injury-prone and will be susceptible to the pitfalls of our occupation or chosen form of exercise.

Benefits of Pilates

General fitness

  • Improves posture mobility and flexibility
  • Increases muscle tone and length
  • Promotes a more supportive core
  • Increases stability for the pelvis and shoulders
  • Fosters the health of joints
  • Compliments training for athletes and dancers
  • Integrates mind, body and spirit

Health conditions

  • Facilitates physical rehabilitation and prevents injuries
  • Improves balance and coordination in the elderly
  • Promotes a more supportive core
  • Excellent for post-natal women
  • Alleviates aches and pains
  • Maintains bone density
  • Develops lungs function and circulation
  • Beneficial form of exercise for Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Arthritis and MS

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