Pilates is a system of movements designed to exercise and stabilise your body, strengthening the core muscles and mobilising joints. It can help improve posture, muscle tone and flexibility as well as relieving stress.
Pilates movements can be done using specially designed equipment or on a mat on the floor (Matwork).
Devised by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, it was revolutionary, incorporating elements of yoga, martial arts, dance and other exercise programmes. As medical knowledge and research progresses, the original movements have been modified ensure safety and effectiveness. The original principles including centring, breathing, concentration, precision, control and flowing movement remain intact.
Pilates can benefit you by helping the body to work more efficiently. This can reflect in other disciplines such as gymnastics, rowing, running and football. However, the benefits can also be felt in daily activities such as walking and sitting.
Pilates is helpful during and after pregnancy. Increased strength in the pelvic floor and control of breath can help during labour and recovery.
By working the muscles in the lower back, shoulders and stomach, you can prevent injury and future postural problems.
Pilates also develops breathing, relaxation, co-ordination and concentration, reducing stress and leading to higher energy levels.
After one session you will feel taller and more relaxed. With regular sessions you can change the way your body works, moves and looks. You will have a flatter stomach, open shoulders and good posture.
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