Pilates is an integrative mind-body exercise program. It improves balance, posture and strength by developing an awareness and understanding of how to engage and work the muscles of the core. This is the foundation of Pilates. The core muscles are the deep internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When these muscles are balanced, support for the spine is maximized and overall movement becomes more productive and efficient. Beyond the core, Pilates works to educate all of the muscles to effectively recruit only those necessary to complete and support the desired movement.
The six principles of Pilates include:
- Centering (strengthening the core)
- Concentration (bringing full attention to each exercise)
- Control (utilizing total muscle control)
- Precision (every movement has a purpose)
- Breath (exercises are coordinated with the breath)
- Flow (movements and transitions are smooth and graceful)
Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or on the equipment designed by Joseph Pilates, himself. The workout equipment utilizes spring resistance to tone, lengthen and strengthen the body. Mat work creates resistance within the body for a similar effect. Both leave the body feeling energized and invigorated.
In Pilates, every exercise is performed with attention to breath, form and efficient movement patterns. The exercises are safe, low impact and appropriate for every age and level of fitness, including individuals with osteoporosis, arthritis and spinal conditions. The benefits include increased mobility and flexibility, improved alignment and coordination, as well as longer, leaner balanced muscles. The result is a body that works better, plays better and feels better. Pilates enhances the everyday activity in our lives, whether it’s bending over to pick up a newspaper or running a marathon.
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