Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1883-1967) : Founder of the Pilates Method of Exercise
Pilates is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates enhances performance in sport or activity by training the body to move with intelligence and efficiency. Pilates emphasises quality of movement over quantity. A few precise repetitions are performed while concentration on correct muscle engagement and coordination to promote symmetry of movement and balance muscle development around the joints. Through a dedicated Pilates practice everyone can build a strong and flexible body.
Benefits of Pilates?
Practice regularly and reap the benefits of Pilates which includes:
•strengthening abdominals and back;
•sculpting arms, gluts and thighs;
•strengthening deep stabilizing muscles;
•developing healthy postural alignment;
•improving confidence and body image;
•enhancing mobility, flexibility and agility;
•releasing stress through controlled breathing;
•staying motivated and feeling rejuvenated.
Who can practice Pilates?
Pilates can benefit most people. Pilates is meant to compliment cardiovascular exercise, and stretch and strengthen tight muscles that aren't worked in other forms of exercise.
People with back problems and poor posture are ideal candidates for Pilates. Moreover, people with sciatica and other lower back problems experience relief from their symptoms with regular Pilates practice. In order to have strong abs, one must have a strong back and regular Pilates practice helps us achieve this by working the abs and back at the same time. Privae Pilates sessions, and Spring-Wall Classes are available that provide a specialized workout and modifications for people with back problems.
People who have desk jobs or cyclists are ideal candidates for Pilates. When you sit at a desk or sit on a bike for an extended amount of time your hip-flexors shorten, your hamstrings get tight, your shoulders slump forward, your chest caves in, and your lumbar spine is sometimes forced into excessive extension or flexion creating lower back pain. Pilates exercises can help combat the effects of sitting or biking. In addition, people who practice Pilates and have core strength are more comfortable sitting on a bike or chair for an extended amount of time. Pilates workouts are a great way to combat the effects of sitting.
Athletic people are ideal candidates for Pilates.Everyone needs to stretch as well as strengthen their muscles and develop a strong core. In addition to cardiovascular exercise. Athletes need to improve their range of motion, balance and flexibility to run faster, swin faster, or cycle faster than their competition. Athletes who practice Pilates have a competitive edge because they have strengthened weak muscles and the stabilizing muscles.