Based on exercises developed by Joseph Pilates nearly a century ago, Pilates is a unique form of mind-body exercise that dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk and creates a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a flat abdomen.
Pilates teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. It improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain. In addition, the controlled, strength-based exercises of a Pilates class can serve as the perfect complement to the dynamic, flowing movements of a Nia class. By incorporating both disciplines into your fitness program, you can achieve a toned body, a strong heart and a relaxed, refreshed spirit.
The Benefits of Pilates:
- Pilates is a refreshing mind-body workout.
- By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and complete concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space and how to control its movement.
- Pilates builds long, lean muscles and promotes flexibility.
- Conventional workouts often build short, bulky muscles - the type most prone to injury. But Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
- Pilates develops a strong core.
- 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.
- Pilates creates an evenly conditioned body and prevents sports injuries.
- No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of injury.
- Pilates promotes efficient patterns of motion.
- Each exercise trains 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 motion.
- Pilates is safe.
- No other exercise system is so gentle to your body while giving it a challenging workout. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low-impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.
- Pilates is challenging.
- It is an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty - from beginner to advanced. You can get the workout that best suits you now, and increase the intensity as your body conditioning improves.