Pilates was developed by German- born Joseph Pilates who believed mental and physical health are closely connected. He called his method ‘Contrology’. Pilates is a series of exercises inspired by ballet, calisthenics, yoga and ballet. It lengthens and strengthens all the major muscle groups in the body in balanced fashion.
Pilates is a form of low impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. Pilates moves tend to target the core, although the exercises work other areas of the body a well. This helps to improve a general fitness and overall, well-being. It focuses on 6 main principles: alignment, breathing, centring (creating a girdle of strength), concentration control, flowing moments.
THE BENEFITS OD PILATES
Improved flexibility, posture and flexibility
Focuses on mind body connection
Greater strength and muscle tone
More efficient respiratory system (improved breathing)
More efficient lymphatic system therefore less toxins in the body
More efficient circulatory system
Lowered stress levels
A flatter stomach through the creation of a natural girdle of strength (stronger core)
Increase muscle strength and tone, particularly abdominal muscles, lower back, hip and buttocks
Balance muscular strength on both sides of the body
Greater joint mobility
Effective treatment for injuries and illnesses such as chronic back pain, hip and knee replacement, scoliosis
PILATES USES THE FUNDUMENTALS OF JOSEPH Pilates’ work, philosophy and exercises with modifications that makes it appropriate for beginners and those who exercise regularly, for the unwell, during pregnancy and after trauma as well as very fit elite athlete.
It can be modified to provide either a gentle strength training program or a challenging workout.