What is Pilates?

what-is-pilates-photoPilates is a series of resistance and flexibility exercises specifically designed to strengthen muscles as they are stretched and to balance the muscle actions of the body. Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body and excellent posture. The Pilates Powerhouse, or the abdominal muscles, with support from underneath by the muscles of the pelvis, initiates each and every movement during a typical Pilates training session. Consequently, the abdominal muscles quickly become toned and flattened. Connected to a strong core, the limbs then have a greater freedom to achieve strength and range of motion.

Exercises are done utilizing specially designed, spring-based equipment, as well as the raised mat platform, that provide a very low impact, highly efficient muscle strength and flexibility workout. The equipment challenges difficulty but also aids movement by providing appropriate and safe positioning to perform the exercise. Improvements in posture, energy, flexibility, balance, strength, stamina, and muscle tone are quickly achieved.

A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. Pilates exercises train several muscles groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually retrain your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture, and optimal health.

pilatesMethod2Joseph Pilates emphasized the importance of integrating mindfulness into exercise in order to increase control over muscles and joints. Specific, full and natural breathing patterns are used as the natural force to support and improve individual power and efficiency of movement. This full breathing leaves the student invigorated and serene, rather than exhausted and depleted, after an exercise session.

Specific conditions, such as arthritis, back issues, shoulder problems, among many others, can be safely addressed in a Pilates session. Pilates is great as a post-rehab program for any kind of injury. Because Pilates is such a low impact, low stress method of working out, students have reported great improvement to their specific problems.

Everyone benefits from Pilates exercises: the very young, the senior, the super athlete, the deconditioned, the injured, the regular exerciser. Find out why Pilates is the fastest growing method of exercise in the world, why celebrities rave about it, professional athletes won’t live without it, and why everybody swears by it!