WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasises the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient and graceful movement. Pilates works by combining breathing techniques with special active and passive stretches combined with movement.
It is a method of exercise which focuses on improving the body’s core by making the body more flexible and stronger. It is more dynamic than Yoga (with the exception of Power Yoga) because it pushes the body through stretching and targets flexibility, posture and strength. Pilates goes through systematic moves. The main focus is on the core which is why Pilates is known for re-shaping especially the abdominal region and helps to flatten the stomach muscles.
BENEFITS OF PILATES
The benefits of Pilates is noticeable, individuals have reported that by doing regular Pilates classes, their bodies are more toned, well balanced and stronger.
Other associated benefits to Pilates are better posture, increased energy levels and a general sense of well being. Pilates is a gentle and very effective workout for people who may not have the capacity to do strenuous exercise but it is also a great supplement to any exercise routine.
Pilates will strengthen your back and core muscles helping your everyday strength. Professional athletes such as golfers, football players and tennis players around the world incorporate pilates into their training routine with great results.