What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of resistance exercise developed by Joseph H. Pilates focused on the balanced development of the body through core muscles strength, spinal alignment, flexibility and awareness.
The musculature is defined as the spine, abdomen, pelvis, hips, and the muscles that support these structures. It is series of controlled movements performed on specially designed spring-resistant exercise apparatus (the Reformer, Cadillac, Spine Corrector, Ladder Barrel) or on the mattress with our without props.
Pilates is beneficial for virtually all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. The method is like a bridge between physical fitness and physical therapy.
Pilates is different from most exercises out there because it can be adapted, modified and customized for individual needs. It is a gentle non-impact form of exercise that will stretch, tone and strengthen your muscles, spine and joints.
Pilates has been proven to lead to better health by directing blood and oxygen to the internal organs, glands and nerves. The movements provide a fitness approach from the inside out. Your body will benefit, your mind will benefit, and your mood will be uplifted.
Think of a tree that is only as strong as its trunks and roots. Without strong trunk, the tree would topple over. It is the same for human bodies. If we don’t concentrate on building a good foundation and a strong trunk or core, we will end up tight in some places and weak in others, injury-prone and susceptible to the pitfalls of our occupation or chosen form of exercise. When our muscles are weak they make compensations for each other which lead to instability and injury. Take your back for instance: if your posture is bad, your lower back and hips will then adjust themselves accordingly which means they’re essentially out of whack.
Pilates helps improve personal awareness of how you sit, stand or move and being able to relate the habits to the aches, pains and injuries you have or have had in the past.