builds strength without adding bulk, balancing the strength with flexibility,
and achieving perfect harmony between mind and muscle.
Pilates was developed by Joseph H. Pilates after World War I, to assist bedridden
patients in recovering muscle strength. It focuses on specialized movements
performed on the floor or with equipment to teach the body self-awareness
and strengthen muscles without in a harmonious and balanced way.
popular with dancers and other performers, now the Pilates method has become
popular within all major sports and disciplines as a key way of promoting
type exercises are know widely advocated in the rehabilitation of patients
suffering form low back pain, neck pain, and post surgical patients. Predominantly
for all those suffering from POOR POSTURE!
What is Pilates?
is a holistic method to exercise and rehabilitation, it requires concentration
of the mind on individual muscles. Achieving a mind - body connection. The
main muscles involved are that of your 'Core', the muscles surrounding your
back, pelvis, and stomach = 'Core Stability'
aims to build on functional strength and functional flexibility increasing
strength without losing flexibility and increasing flexibility without losing
strength. This is all achieved through optimal body alignment.
completing a pilates workout and combining your skills into everyday life,
one can aim to achieve:
Increased self and
body awareness > Increased well being > Increased mental alertness > Increased mental alertness > Improved posture > Decrease in aches and
pains > Increase in functional
strength and flexibility
What type of exercises?
is predominately mat based exercises were the body is working at 40% of it
max. (Therefore you are not necessarily going to be in a sweat at a beginners
can also incorporate the use of machines, weights and gym balls.
class normally runs for an hour, to achieve maximal results like all sports
it is advisable to practice at home everyday. You will be taught how to incorporate
the basis of core stability into your everyday life.
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