What is Pilates?
Joseph Pilates presents his method as the art of controlled movements, which should look and feel like a workout (not a therapy) when properly manifested. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates’ system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner’s specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
Mayo Clinic Staff (2012). “Pilates for Beginners: Explore the Core of Pilates”. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
How can Pilates help me?
I believe that our body has an amazing ability: self-healing.
I have had a couple of issues with my body that have bothered me for a long time. I met this Pilate? Pirates?? 14 years ago, to be honest I couldn’t understand what the benefits were straight away. I started to study and practice more to understand how it could help me. I now know why Allied health professionals praise Pilates, and encourage their clients to participate in it.
Meanwhile I was practicing Pilates and I found that it helped my back and also improved awareness of my body. The stretching also enhanced my muscle recovery, this certainly helped me to prevent injury
“Pilates develops the body uniformly corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.” – Joseph Pilates