"In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference and in thirty you will have a whole new body."
Why Pilates is one of the best things you can do for your Body and Mind.
Pilates does indeed target the deep postural muscles or core, but it is also more of a whole body approach to health and fitness than simply core strengthening. By bringing the body into correct alignment, improving posture and teaching you how to use your body correctly, you can incorporate it into your everyday life and activities, moving better long after the session has finished.
Exercise devoted not “… only to mere development of any particular pet set of muscles, but rather more rationally to the uniform development of our bodies…”
Regular Pilates practice can reshape your body, making it strong yet lean and flexible. It tones particularly difficult areas such as the stomach, arms, buttocks and thighs.
Improves joint and spinal health by using precise, controlled movements which ensure correct recruitment of the muscles and ligaments, avoiding the damage that may occur with other fitness techniques or sports.
Relieves stress by releasing tension held deep within the muscles and by focusing the mind on the precision of the movements. By taking attention to deep lateral breathing, the connection between body and mind is strengthened and may be regarded as a mindful approach to movement.
Beneficial when rehabilitating from an injury and is especially beneficial with back issues.
Increasingly used by professional athletes to help with the prevention of injury by offsetting the huge demands they place on their bodies.
Lung capacity and circulation also increase with regular practice of Pilates through deep breathing techniques and improved muscle tone.
“… do not practice mindless repetitions”
A brief History of Pilates
Joseph Pilates developed his method of Contrology as he called it, through years of practice, study and observation. Honing his skills and influenced by the bodies that came to him for assistance. From his early training as a boxer and circus acrobat, Mr.Pilates went on to train Scotland Yard Police officers, fellow internees in the British internment camp during WW 1 and then to the ballerinas, boxers and martial artists who practiced in or around his New York studio.
As a child Mr.Pilates had suffered from asthma, rickets and Rheumatoid fever and he developed an interest in developing strength and improving the body’s potential. In his publication “Return to life”, he outlines his philosophy for improving physical health and why it is such an integral part of happiness and wellbeing.