What is Pilates?
Pilates is a series of exercises created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. His method was intended to create a balanced body- ideal for living life to the fullest.
The Benefits of Pilates are….
Increased Lung Capacity
Enhanced Athletic Performance
Elongates the Spine
Reduced Back Pain
There are six principles to Pilates:
Initiating Pilates exercises from your center or “powerhouse” which is the area that lies between your lower ribcage and the pubic bone.
As you give full attention to the exercise and focus on your technique, you will obtain maximum value from each movement. This enhances your mind-body connection.
No body part is ignored. Conscious, deliberate movement that the mind is controlling is key for coordination and improvement. No zoning out allowed!
Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises. He thought of the lungs as a bellows to pump the air fully in and out of the body. This brings detoxification, new life and oxygen to every part of the body.
Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner with continual movement. There are no static poses. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way.
…Teaches the human body what it feels like to move the way we were created to. It restores.
…Is a thoughtful regiment that trains your “mindbody connection” how to move efficiently, powerfully and safely.
…Is a nourishing fitness method rather than an activity that expends. You feel invigorated rather than depleted afterwards.
…Creates equal length and strength in order to achieve a balanced body. It is a foundational practice that enhances your way of life and any physical activity.
…Increases your athletic capacity and stamina. Strengthens from the inside out.