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 PILATES: The Benefits

 

In practising Pilates you are making a decision to take care of your body as a whole. It is something that will support everything you do, whether day-to-day activities or extreme sports.

 

Pilates is a method of exercise that evenly conditions the body. It tones and strengthens all the muscles giving the body a well-defined shape, whilst targeting the deep ‘core’ muscles that are vital for good posture. It improves bone density and promotes good joint mobility.

 

In Pilates, the emphasis is on working with control, not struggle. The combination of working with your breath and flowing movement patterns, as well as with a heightened self-awareness, helps relieve stress and will leave you feeling energised.

 

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“Self-confidence, poise, consciousness of possessing the power to accomplish our desires, with renewed lively interest in life are the natural results of the practice of Contrology”

 

Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates

THE 8 PRINCIPLES OF

  • CONCENTRATION & RELAXATION:

    Pilates requires that you are mindful of your body, releasing tension before starting to exercise and then focusing fully on your movement and breathing.

  • ALIGNMENT:

    Alignment is the key to good stability.  In focusing on alignment it ensures that the right muscles in the body do the right job, so correcting any faulty movement patterns.

  • BREATHING:

    Pilates encourages correct breathing to increase lung capacity and blood circulation.  Effective use of the breath can also help the mind to relax, focus and recharge.

     

  • CENTRING (CORE STABILITY):

    Pilates dramatically increases core strength. The aim is to limit unwanted movement, whilst maintaining control and flow of desired movement.

  • COORDINATION:

    Performing exercises with coordination is excellent mental as well as physical training. The aim is to progressively build up a range of basic exercises which become full movement sequences.

  • FLOWING MOVEMENT:

    Pilates focuses on quality of movement rather than quantity.  Each movement should feel light and fluid, yet controlled and dynamic. At the end of a session you feel invigorated, not exhausted.

  • STAMINA:

    Pilates builds endurance by ensuring that the body is used more efficiently.  With increased proficiency, muscles work more functionally and no energy is wasted, thereby improving stamina.

“Breathing is the first act of life, and the last.

Our very life depends on it.”

 

Return to Life through Contrology, Joseph Pilates

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