What is Pilates?
The Pilates Method is a form of exercise developed by Joseph H. Pilates during the first half of the 1900’s. It focuses on strength, flexibility and posture.
The main principles of The Method are
Core muscles ( deep abdominal, lowback, hip) are strengthened and lengthened to correct muscle imbalances that can cause pain and/or limited Range of Motion (ROM). Success through Pilates lies in its form.
In the words of J.H. Pilates himself:
“A few well designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortions.”
If the exercises are done improperly, without attending to the details, the benefits will be lost. When done properly, the workout can feel surprisingly invigorating and gratifying. Learning Pilates is a process. It takes time to access the deep muscles of the body. Progress often comes gradually. When lead through this process by a qualified instructor, a person can reap benefits which can be applied to everyday life:
- Improved breathing skills will oxygenate the body and
allow a person to feel refreshed and alert.
- Improved posture will help to alleviate some of the aches
and pains we all feel at times.
- Chronic pain of the spine may be diminished.
By addressing the mind-body connection as well as the whole body J.H. Pilates believed that his method was a way to whole health.