Pilates is a training for body and soul which is able to be practiced on mats or with apparatus. With the integration of the 8 moving principles the body gets stronger, sleeker and a muscular balance will be achieved contributing to a correct posture.
An important part of this method is to strengthen your inner core (power house) which contains stomach, pelvis and back muscles. A strong inner core protects the spine and enables the moving muscles the freedom needed to do their job correctly.
For who is Pilates?
Pilates is for everyone, young, old, athletes, fit, and the not so fit and even couch potatoes. Because Pilates is taught in smaller groups, two people or private, this gives me the opportunity to find the most effective program for each individual client. Dancers, models and many athletes (Andy Murry) have discovered the Pilates method and used it to balance and strengthen their bodies.
What does Pilates do for you?
Corrects your posture
strengthens the inner core (power house)
strengthens your muscles and brings them into balance
challenges the functions of the heart and lungs
good circulation and metabolism
gives you a lean figure
helps joint and back pain (scoliosis, osteoporosis etc.)
improves balance and co-ordination
increases your own body awareness
improves and helps keep bone density
oxygenates the blood and helps discharge accumulated toxins through correct breathing
Pilates and pregnancy
Pilates is an optimal training to keep you fit during pregnancy. It strengthens the deep muscles that will be required and over stressed during the pregnancy and birth. Pilates works against the typical back pain often felt during pregnancy. Another important element of the exercises is the concentration on breathing. Well trained breathing also helps to relax during the birth.
Pilates helps the body after giving birth to bring the deep muscles through slow and strengthening exercises back into balance. The pelvic floor will become stronger. Special exercises, with the help of transverse abdominus and oblique abdominius, will help tighten the over stretched abdominal wall again.
Pilates for the older generation
Pilates helps keep mobility with specific exercises, directed at common complaints often experienced in old age (osteoporosis, orthopedic problems etc.) By strengthening muscles associated with posture and becoming aware of weight distribution, joint problems will be alleviated