The Benefits

1. Pilates is a full body workout

Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.

Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others.

Attention to core support and full-body fitness – including the breath and the mind – provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere.

Through the use of this method overall awareness of the body is achieved and can be taken into everyday life enabling us to move freely again without pain or tension. Pilates improves muscle tone, balances musculature, supports beautiful posture, and teaches you to move with ease and grace. All of these things will make you look and feel very fit.

2. Pilates is adaptable to specific needs

Pilates is a mind & body exercise technique suitable for everyone regardless of age or fitness level. Whether you are a senior just starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the Pilates technique applies to you.

The worlds of dance and sport have also taken a keen interest in Pilates, with many premier football clubs arranging classes for their players.

Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body & mind approach make Pilates accessible to all. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs.

3. Pilates improves posture

Good posture is a reflection of good alignment supported by a strong core. It is a position from which one can move freely. Pilates trains the body to express itself with strength and harmony. You can see this in the beautiful posture of those who practice Pilates.

4. Pilates develops deep abdominal strength

The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs – and not more. A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat abs that we all covet.

5. Pilates increases mobility & flexibility

Pilates will increase the range of motion of your joints and improve flexibility.

The exercises you perform during Pilates will function to extend and soften your muscles providing increased flexibility and strength. By elongating the muscles, you can release them from a tense and contracted state allowing your body to move with a greater range-of-motion.

6. Pilates involves body & mind

Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with the good feelings one gets from exercising the whole body.

One of the secrets of Pilates exercises is to practice each movement with total attention. When we exercise in this way, the body and mind unite to bring forth the most benefit possible from each exercise.

7. Pilates can ease the pain

Pilates’ success rate has brought it to the attention of the medical profession.  Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists are now recommending Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available.

It is important to recognise that even though we may suffer one particular problem, whether it is in our spine, shoulder, neck, or legs the body needs to be looked at as a whole. A specific pain may not be the root cause of the problem, and may in actual fact be referred pain.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. natacha compton  |  November 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    i have recently joinded a reformer class which i really enjoy, do matt classes offer the same benefits

    Reply
    • 2. SantisPilates  |  November 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      Hi!
      Originally Joseph Pilates taught his students half of the session on equipment and half on the mat.

      The equipment (such as the reformer) uses springs for challenge and support whereas the mat routines rely on your own body to provide that same resistance.

      One type of class is not better than the other. The plus of matwork is that the same benefits can be achieved using a simple mat and classes tend to be cheaper than those conducted on Pilates apparatus. In the end it’s a matter of personal preference.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Sabine

      Reply

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