Pilates is a hugely popular form of total body conditioning exercise. Developed by the late Joseph Pilates, it is a hugely effective, medically approved approach to exercise that concentrates on strengthening the body from the inside out.
Pilates is suitable for both men and women of all ages and fitness levels. The exercises are performed with slow controlled movements designed to strengthen weak abdominal and core stability muscles. The exercises mobilise and strengthen stiff spines and joints, maximising overall spinal and joint health.
Over time, Pilates loosens tight areas around the body, strengthens weak areas, re-balancing muscle recruitment throughout the body. This improved muscle recruitment enables the body to maintain graceful uninhibited movement, healthier, more flexible spines, and improved posture.
Pilates emphasises ‘connecting’ to the ‘core stability’ muscles, some of which act as a ‘corset’ that helps to support the lower back, and postural muscles that help you to lengthen and strengthen the spine. Pilates helps you develop postural awareness that you can take away from your sessions and make part of your everyday life.
Pilates is a highly adaptable form of exercise suitable for the first time exerciser, to the elite athlete.
Pilates is highly recommended by many GP’s, physios’ osteopaths and chiropractors as a safe and effective, none impact form of exercise that can help “body maintenance.”
Pilates sessions are an hour of ‘you time’ that will leave you feeling physically energized and mentally relaxed.
Some of the many benefits of Pilates are: