Pilates is a gentle-yet-challenging body conditioning method based on Joseph Pilates’ principle that the center of the body needs to be strong and stable before working the peripheral parts of the body. It is a powerful system designed to re-train the body at a core level to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion — invaluable for injury recovery, good posture, enhanced performance and optimal health. Pilates fully incorporates all the components of exercise physiology to improve levels of fitness, prevent injury, minimize pain, facilitate overall function in daily life, and promote a sense of well-being,
Pilates works by targeting deep postural muscles to build strength from the inside out, integrating a system of exercises and multiple apparatus to rebalance the body and bring it into correct alignment. The principles of Pilates combine a system of mindful movement exercises, very deep stretches, core-controlled aerobic training, stress-relieving breathing techniques, and full-body movement patterns.
Pilates conditions the whole body with exercises that strengthen the abdominal muscles, contribute to a strong back, improve posture, and increase flexibility. It is not a system of boring, hated exercises performed repetitively. Quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Pilates trains several muscle groups at once in smooth, flowing movement that elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility.
Many of the exercises are performed in sitting positions, and most are low impact. More conventional or traditional workouts are weight-bearing and tend to work the same muscles, which builds short, bulky muscles — the type most prone to injury. Muscular imbalance is a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates is so safe that it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries.
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