Ok, you have heard Pilates may help you. Whether you just finished Physical Therapy, your doctor said to do Pilates or a friend recommended you try Pilates you thought you’d look into it. As you will see from the History of Pilates page, when Joseph Pilates first developed Pilates he interned in the British forces to rehab soldiers from injuries and diseases. It was noted that the inmates survived the great pandemic of 1918 due to their good physical shape.
A Pilates instructor will provide great attention to your form and give you detailed cueing during your exercises which will assist you to gain strength in the weaker or injured muscles and joints. Pilates is a non-impact way to exercise that is gentle on the joints, so there is little worry of over stressing an already stressed body.
Joseph Pilates created ‘The Pilates Principles’ to condition the entire body: proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
- longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
- improves postural problems
- increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
- helps prevent injury
- enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
- balances strength & flexibility
- heightens body awareness
- no-impact, easy on the joints
- can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
- complements other methods of exercise
- improves performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating etc.)
- improves balance, coordination & circulation