Pilates is a holistic technique that aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well being as well as to explore the benefits of mind-body control and power. It developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named.
Pilates integrates body, mind and spirit.
Is there only one Pilates style?
No, there are different styles and schools. Regardless the option you go for, the workouts all rely on the core principles of breathing, control, centering and flow.
The differences lie primarily in the different ways to perform Pilates, such as on a mat or using a reformer machine.
Here you can find the main styles and Pilates schools.
Is Pilates for anyone?
Yes, the level of the technique will vary from early beginner (considering age and injuries) to very advanced students.
Pilates foundations are really important to understand before starting the practice or during the first classes, as incorporating the principles will make you perform the exercises promptly for the maximum benefit for your body and mind.
The Pilates practice goes above and beyond 1 or 2 hour class per week. It is a technique that can be life changing as it really improves your general wellbeing.
What are the benefits of a constant practise?
Many people do not know what Pilates can do for their wellbeing, and they only practise it as they believe it is trendy and/or is going to help toning their bodies. Fair enough and that is true, yes! But there is so many other amazing benefits from practising it such as:
- improving flexibility and muscle strength and tone
- increasing focus
- it is adaptable to any type of condition and fitness level
- improving proprioception
- balancing muscular strength and control
- getting muscles stronger
- Improving ‘ spine age’ ( healthier spine )
- improved stabilisation of your spine
- rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
- improving physical coordination, proprioception and balance
- relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
- prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
- increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
- improved concentration
- contributes to stress management and relaxation.
Whatever your Pilates level is, you will see benefits if you keep a practise routine, and you can always improve as to never reach a plateau. Get stronger, fitter, reduce your joint and back pain, feel better.
Oh yes, believe me, your body, mind and spirit will will feel much better.
Do you want to feel better?