Pilates

Why Do Pilates

Pilates is form of exercise that focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, it teaches awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, as well as how to strengthen the deep torso muscles. Furthermore, the core strength you develop can be applied to many other activities to achieve “effort with ease.”  Pilates improves balance and overall strength, stabilizes and lengthens the spine, improves posture, and can help prevent injuries and aid in injury rehabilitation. This unique system will create long, lean, toned muscles similar to the muscles of a dancer.
The Pilates method combines these exercises with mental concentration and breathwork. The result is a mind/body fitness program that not only helps you create your best body ever but also helps you feel mentally and emotionally balanced, calm, and refreshed. A lot of people who do Pilates can use what they learn about breathing to keep their minds focused and clear. When you are able to focus your mind, you can engage your body and let go of stress and tension.
Pilates will also make your body more flexible. Many of us spend way too much time being sedentary and not nearly enough time exercising. When we do that, our muscles and joints can stiffen up and that can make the body feel older than it is. Participating in Pilates will help you be more flexible and give you a better range of motion in your joints.

Postural Benefits

  • improves postural problems
  • increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
  • enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
  • improves balance, coordination & circulation

Physical Benefits

  • longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • helps prevent injury
  • balances strength & flexibility
  • heightens body awareness
  • no-impact, easy on the joints

Other Benefits

  • can be customized to suit everyone from those people rehabilitating an injury or illness to elite athletes
  • complements other methods of exercise
  • Improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating, horseback riding etc.)

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