What is Pilates?
Pilates is a comprehensive mental and physical exercise programme that helps rebalance and realign muscles to make everyday movement more efficient. It uses exercises to change the way in which we use our bodies.
How does it work?
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and working effectively, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement. As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. It is recommended by Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists as one of the safest forms of exercise available. Due to its effectiveness, Pilates is a method embraced by many celebrities and sports personalities worldwide, including Jennifer Aniston, Pat Cash, Pippa Middleton, Martina Navratilova and Charlize Theron.
The benefits of Pilates are immense and include:
- Better posture and improved flexibility
- A flatter stomach and a trimmer waist
- Toned buttocks, thighs and arms
- Enhanced core strength
- Stronger back muscles and less back ache
- More efficient respiratory, lymphatic and circulatory systems
- Boosted immune system
- Increased bone density - suitable for Osteoporosis sufferers
- Improved balance and co-ordination
- Improved athletic performance and fewer injuries
- More energy and lowered stress levels
"If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young." Joseph Pilates
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