What is Pilates:
Pilates is a refreshing mind-body workout which emphasizes proper breathing, correct spinal, pelvic and limb alignment as well as focused concentration with smooth flowing movements. It is a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, balanced muscle development, and enhanced mental awareness. Pilates in a nutshell is the perfect 360̊ type of workout for longevity and ease of movement, whether the purpose is for daily functioning, or to enhance sport performance.
Now you can become a master of your own body.
The Benefits of Pilates and Why you should do Pilates:
*Pilates is a full body fitness regime
*It is adaptable to all fitness levels, needs and ages
*It focuses on strengthening and lengthening muscles without creating bulk
*Develops core strength
*Increased awareness of correct posture and alignment
*Restoring your body’s natural movement
*Rehabilitate injuries & prevent further injury
*Improves agility with age and joint longevity
*An excellent compliment to cross training disciplines
*An excellent cross-training method
Pilates also provides many more specific benefits for different population groups including improvement to pelvic floor function, bone density improvement and lung capacity/breathing technique improvement, general back, neck tension and joint pain, to mention just a few.
This is what medical experts have to say about Pilates:
Dr Ruby – an internationally renowned teacher with 25 years of experience in clinical practice – has successfully integrated physical therapy and Pilates to create innovative rehabilitation and wellness programs for conditions such as back pain and sport specific programs for professional athletes. Dr Ruby holds a Bachelor of Science degrees in both exercise science and natural science, a Master of Science degree in physical therapy and a doctorate in education. In addition to being an associate professor at California University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Ruby works with clients including top athletes, ballerinas, and clients recovering from injuries or illness so that they can get back to a healthy lifestyle.
Dr Jennifer Boozer is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and she quotes: “I love doing Pilates! It is a great way to both stretch and strengthen the body without the high impact of some other types of exercise,” expresses Dr. Boozer, who is also a family medicine physician at the Keck Medicine of USC – Glendale and Pasadena. “I have had many patients with conditions such as fibromyalgia or degenerative disc disease who have shown amazing improvement after beginning Pilates.”
Chiropractors & Physical Therapists, feel that posture should be one of the most important aspects of an individual’s focus, to prevent health issues and problem areas. Pilates forms a valuable synergy with medical experts to greatly reduce or eliminate back, neck and joint pain experienced by many clients.
Pilates is also a wonderful tool for individuals of any age for the purpose of Neurological Rehabilitation. Specialized programs can be used to help with neurological conditions at any stage of the injury or disease process, and can improve arm and leg control, reduction in muscle tightness and tension and improved walking and balance, to name but a few.
*Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates who is considered to be a genius and a man before his time.
*His method has been in existence for over a 100 years. He created hundreds of exercises designed to create a strong, flexible, adaptable, and a uniform body.
*The principles that he has used in his series of exercises are to create controlled and precise movements.
*Pilates exercises were originally designed for elite athletes and dancers. However, the exercises are very adaptable in such a way that any exercise can be regressed (made easier) or progressed (more challenging) and can therefore be adapted for any injury, pathology, age or fitness level.