A mind-body workout
Pilates connects your mind and body. By focusing on proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, flowing movement, you become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how to control its movement. It relies on the quality of movement rather than quantity of repetitions.
“it is the mind itself that shapes the body” J.Pilates
Develop a strong core – flat abdominals and a strong back
Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. Control of the core is achieved by integrating the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle.
Gain long, strong muscles and flexibility
Conventional workouts tend to build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
“physical fitness is the first prerequisite of happiness ”J Pilates
Create an evenly conditioned body
In conventional workouts, weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body evenly. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities
“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit” J.Pilates
Learn efficient patterns of movement
Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of movement – invaluable for injury rehabilitation, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.