Pilates Plus Points
• Better posture and improved co-ordination
• Ability to move well and freely
• Good mental focus
• Automatic use of correct, efficient body movements to prevent strains and pains
• Increased muscular strength and flexibility
• Good fitness level and muscle tone
• Firm flattened abdominal muscles
• A body that looks and feels younger
Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates over 100 years ago. The emphasis's is on the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility and awareness in order to support efficient movement.
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates, when the deep internal muscles of the abdomen and back are trained to do their job, they support the spine and movement therefore by helping to overcome back pain. As the trunk becomes properly stabilised pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.
What makes Pilates so effective is that it addresses the underlying structural imbalances of the body that lead to back, neck, shoulder, hip pain, amongst others. Poor posture and lack of body awareness all contribute to the aches and pains you may feel daily.
The Pilates method works so well for a wide range of people as It can be modified to accommodate physical rehabilitation, pre and post-natal and osteoporosis amongst other things.