Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. He devised the Pilates method as a new approach to exercise and body-conditioning. Referred in the early days as ‘Controlology’, it later became known by his own surname – Pilates. He conceived it as a mental, as well as a physical conditioning, in which individuals could work their bodies to their full potential.
Pilates requires both concentration and focus as you move through the precise exercises. It has a specific rhythm and breathing pattern that helps you to lengthen the muscles, while increasing their strength and stability. Each exercise has a series of modifications that allow the Pilates method to be suitable for all levels of fitness, from the elite athlete to the novice beginner. It is also very beneficial for people rehabilitating an injury, or those who are pregnant.
Pilates has many physical and emotional benefits. Some of these benefits are listed below…
- Easy on your joints
- Improved flexibility
- Increased muscle strength
- Symmetry in the body and its muscular system
- Improved strength of your stabilising muscles
- Improved posture
- Improved balance
- Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to imbalances
- Improved coordination
- A great way to learn to relax dominating muscles
- Improved circulation through the breath
- Increased lung capacity
- Helps with concentration
- Better body awareness
- Helps eleviate stress
- Increase in overall tone and definition
Pilates can be a complete exercise routine by visiting two – three times per week, or it can be combined with other exercises such as yoga, running, weight sessions or high intensity interval training. If you are a lover of a good sweat session then Pilates may not be your thing, but try going into the class thinking of it as your stretch session rather than your workout, so you are not disappointed!
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