Pilates is a form of exercise which was developed by Joseph Pilates throughout his lifetime which “develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit." Since his death in 1967 Pilates has continued to evolve and progress as we learn more about how the mind and body function.
Pilates becomes integral to our life and reflects on it positively as we instinctively apply the principles taught regarding posture and alignment into all of our everyday movement.
Here are just a view benefits of Pilates:
- Pilates is Whole-Body Fitness
Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.
Attention to core support and full-body fitness provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere. It is also the reason that Pilates is so popular in rehab scenarios, as well as with athletes who find that Pilates is a great foundation for any kind of movement they do. Improved sporting performance will occur, as well as a lowered risk of injury.
- Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels and Needs
Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs.
- Creates Strength Without Bulk
In Pilates, we are not looking to build muscles for show. We are building toned muscles that work perfectly within the context of the body as a whole, and the functional fitness needs of a person as they move through life.
Your muscle tone, joint and muscle flexibility will be greatly improved.
- Increases Flexibility
In Pilates, we work toward a safe increase in stretch of the muscles and range of motion within the joints.
- Develops Core Strength
The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs. A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat abs that we all dream of.
- Improves Posture
Training in Pilates corrects your posture and alignment allowing both your mind and body to work together to achieve your bodies maximum potential. This is achieved by re training your muscles in the way they should be used through correct breathing and movement patterns.
Tension in your neck and shoulders will ease as will postural related head aches.
- Increases Energy
It might seem like a paradox, but the more you exercise, the more energy you have. Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with the good feelings one gets from exercising the whole body.
- Promotes Weight Loss and Long, Lean Appearance
If you practice Pilates regularly, it will change your body. Known for creating strong muscles and a leaner look; Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports beautiful posture, and teaches you to move with ease and grace. All of these things will make you look and feel very fit.
You will aquire a narrower waist, a stronger, more supple body and better posture.
- Lowers Stress Levels
Stress levels will be lowered, self esteem and confidence boosted and muscular imbalances corrected.