Benefits of Pilates:
- General fitness and body awareness
- Re patterning incorrect muscular motor patterns
- Remedial and rehabilitation work
- Improvement of technique for athletes and dancers
- Injury Prevention
- Improved balance & range of motion
- Improved Alignment / Posture
- Enhanced breathing, circulation & overall health
- Balance between strength and flexibility
- Improved muscle tone, energy, coordination & mental concentration
- Create an awareness of strength and dynamic stability
- Promotes relaxation and a general sense of well being
Developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates in the 1920's. In 1032, Joseph published a booklet entitled 'Your Health' and in 1945 'Return to Controllogy'. Through these writings and his students, his Method was passed on after his death in 1967 at the age of 87
Pilates always felt that his work was fifty years ahead of its time. The popularity of the Pilates Method only began to spread in the late 80's and 90's when the media took notice of the Method (and the celebrities who practiced it) and books and videos helped to reach out to a growing following. While the Method has evolved and integrated current biomechanics thinking, the roots of the technique are steeped in the philosophy and movement patterns designed by Joseph Pilates over 70 years ago.
Pilates creates long, lean muscles, it helps to redefine your posture, creating a comfortable, relaxed and confident stance. It will also help you to understand why exercise is important, not only for the aesthetic purposes of altering your body shape, but also in order to avoid injury.
Points of interest:
- In Pilates, every movement originates from the core with a breath, and stays within a defined and safe range of motion.
- Joseph Pilates' guiding philosophy was his belief that the body must be exercised in its entirety to achieve good health. He had a profound respect for the simplicity of movement and the mind body connection.
- Joseph Pilates combined the breathing and meditation of yoga, with weight bearing aspects of weight training and balance elements of Tai Chi, which has a sequence of movements each building upon the last & increasing in difficulty.