WHAT IS PILATES?
Developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates in the 1900s, Pilates is a series of exercises that involves natural and spontaneous movement of the body, balanced by grace and body control. Using a combination of body weight and external resistance, Pilates targets core muscles and helps improve abdominal and back strength, as well as provide overall body conditioning.
Pilates utilises the body’s own strength to counteract its weaknesses and correct inherent imbalances. By incorporating breathing exercises, mental focus and visualisation techniques into body exercises, Pilates ultimately producing a union of mind and body.
HOW CAN PILATES BENEFIT ME?
Improved Body Awareness
Gain greater self-awareness of daily movements and posture. This is especially useful for management of chronic pain.
Improved core strength for better back and abdominal support. This is also helpful for muscle toning and slimming of the abdominal area.
Teaches the body to move in synergy. By breaking bad postural habits, relearning correct body movements, and through conscious self-corrections and repetition, the body regains symmetry and balance when performing daily actions.
Body In Balance
Improves general body strength, flexibility and posture. Pilates trains the spine to bend properly, exercises every muscle and moves every joint in the body to reduce stiffness.
BUT I ALREADY EXERCISE REGULARLY!
Pilates works well as a complementary fitness activity, alongside other sports or exercises!
Even if you are currently fit and engage in various activities, Pilates will synergise with your current activities and exercise regimes. It is ideal for developing stamina, coordination and strength.
Pilates can also help re-balance the symmetry in the body that can be disrupted by repetitive movement patterns from other exercises, such as racquet sports, kickboxing, rowing, cycling, bowling, just to name a few.
Done correctly, Pilates will help improve your quality of life!