What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of gentle but challenging exercises
designed to treat the whole body with particular emphasis on the core muscles.
These are the muscles that are responsible for maintaining our posture and body
The benefits of Pilates include:
- Improved posture
- Increased flexibility
- Better awareness of breathing techniques
- Strengthening of the main muscle groups
- Improved balance
Pilates can help with common health problems, including:
- Back problems
- Pre and Post Natal
- Recovery after injury, illness, or surgery
Where does “Pilates” come from?
During World War II, a young man named Joseph Pilates
devised a system of exercises for internees to help them recover more quickly
from illness and injury.
Joseph was always very interested in improving his own
fitness levels and explored many different disciplines and techniques until he
came up with his own system, which he named ‘Contrology’.
Joseph Pilates’ work soon attracted the interest of athletes,
actors, and dancers, and by the 1920s he had opened the very first Pilates studio
in New York. With his wife Clara, Joseph perfected his exercise system which he
believed provided a “unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit”.
since been renamed after its inventor, and refined by a number of Pilates
organisations so that we, too, can benefit from Joseph Pilates’ pioneering work.
Who is Pilates for?
The good news is that people of all ages and fitness levels
can practise Pilates. It does not require you to be flexible or have lots of
stamina. If you are someone that has not exercised for a while, Pilates is a
great way of kick starting your physical fitness again. It is just as useful very
fit and active people to maintain peak physical condition.
What is a Pilates studio?
When you say “Pilates” most people think of mat classes.
But, Pilates exercises were first intended to be practised on special equipment
designed by Joseph Pilates himself, although it has been adapted and developed
over the years.
This range of equipment is completely different from the
exercise machines you might find in a gym. It consists of four big pieces
called the “Reformer”, the “Cadillac”, the “Combo Chair”, and the “Ladder
Barrel”, and they mainly use springs to provide resistance.
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