What is Pilates?
If you’re reading this article, I presume you’ve either never tried Pilates, or you’re fairly new to it. Perhaps a friend has mentioned their Pilates class, or a Doctor or Chiropractor has recommended one and you’re wondering “What is Pilates?”
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on enhancing movement and lessening pain by strengthening the body, lengthening muscles for flexibility, improving posture and training our muscles and joints to work more efficiently together. It was developed by Joseph Pilates, a German man who as a sickly child, dedicated his life to improving his physical strength and wellbeing.
Pilates also focuses on the connection between mind and body and encourages awareness of breathing and the way the body moves during exercises. Typically, people develop habitual movement patterns that are defined by their day-to-day lives and activities. Pilates aims to help you move away from “habit” and become more mindful of the way in which you recruit and let go of muscles.
Is it Suitable for me?
Since Pilates exercises can be adjusted and tailored to an individual’s needs and abilities, it is suitable for most people. In fact, Pilates is often recommended by medical practitioners to helps reduce back pain, strengthen the pelvic floor, relieve stress and correct posture.
If you have any illnesses or serious injuries, please get the go-ahead from your doctor before beginning any exercise programme.
Benefits of Pilates:
- After several classes you will begin to feel the benefits of Pilates.
- Strengthens muscles
- Tones muscles
- Increases joint mobility
- Increases flexibility
- Prevents injury
- Improves balance
- Improves posture
Where should I begin?
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