The Pilates Method is a physical and mental conditioning program developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. It blends a low impact muscle strengthening program with stretching exercises.
Pilates focuses on developing core stabilisation, which refers to the support given to the spine and pelvis by the deep abdominal and back muscles. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles, by building strength from the inside out.
By emphasizing learning to breathe correctly, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency.
Learning to breathe properly has many benefits.
Pilates also creates a thinking body which teaches people to become more mindful of their bodies during movement. By consciously thinking about how our body is moving, it will allow ease of movement, reduce physical imbalances and create correct recruitment patterns bringing the body into symmetry and balance to provide us with individual optimal postural alignment.
The Pilates Method focuses on key principles in which every exercise is built around; Concentration, Control, Breathing, Centering, Precision, Coordination, Alignment and Flow of movement.
Pilates helps to develop and enhance your:
- Core strength and stability
- Spinal and joint mobility and stability
- Muscle strength and definition
- Supports healthy breathing patterns
- Corrects posture and body alignment
- Connects mind, body and spirit
- Improves flexibility, balance and co-ordination
- Mood and energy levels