History of Pilates
Joseph was enamored by the classical Greek ideal of a man who is balanced equally in mind and spirit. His experience taught him to believe that the modern lifestyle- bad posture, inefficient breathing were the roots of poor health. So in the early 1920s he designed a unique series of “life -enhancing” exercises , to help correct muscle imbalances and improve posture, coordination, balance,strength and flexibility, as well as to increase breathing capacity and organ function.
Is Pilates for Me?
Yes! Pilates is for everyone! It’s ageless, and genderless. It will condition your body and improve your performance level in whatever you do. It’s for the runner, the athlete, the Yogi, the dancer, the biker, the golfer, the prenatal and post natal mom the injured and the healthy.
The goal of rehabilitative Pilates is to restore a client’s full physical function after injuries or surgeries, or to help correct, or modify, habitually poor movement patterns known to stress the muscular-skeletal system.
When recovering after surgeries or injuries, Pilates exercise systems target a return to normal strength and joint range of motion. In the case of poor movement patterns, we teach our students to move better to reduce tissue strain or damage, which commonly lead to pain or discomfort, typically of the back, neck, shoulders, or knees. We achieve this goal by teaching specific, highly targeted exercises based on the principles of well-organized movement.
When running your knees take the brunt of it all. Regular training in Pilates will help strengthen your hip abductors, which support the knees when you run. Also strengthen your core, ankles and improve flexibility.
Pilates will help with stability and strength of your shoulders, back and wrists, when holding your Parsva Bakasana 🙂
“Add More Power to the petal” with Pilates!! Bikers tend to have highly developed legs , weak and tight lower backs and rounded shoulders. By strengthening your deep core muscles , your posture will improve , your lower back will be supported, flexibility will increase and tightness in the lower back will decrease on those long rides.
Strengthening the deep core abdominal muscles in a safe and modified Pilates routine is critical during pregnancy to help support the growing uterus, decrease lumber compression, reduce pelvic pressure, while energizing the body to combat fatigue. Will also help prevent swollen legs and varicose veins concentrate on body alignment and improve posture.
Dancers and Athletes
Pilates will develop strong inner core. Enhance performance by developing stamina, coordination and strength. Rebalance symmetry in the body from repetitive movement patterns and overuse and so the body is less prone to injury.
Modern reliance on computers requires us to remain seated for long periods of time, contributing to lower back pain. Sitting day and day out weakens your core and hip muscles. ( your support system ) causing a lot of compression in the lumber spine.
Regular Pilates exercise promotes an even musculature through the body by strengthening the deep core. Also a strong emphasis is put on spinal, shoulder and hip alignment which is critical when moving to avoid injuries.
Pilates is a gentler, more effective way to stay fit. With it’s focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement – not quanitity , this non -weight bearing exercise program is wonderful for the older clients as it is especially effective at relieving back pain, joint stiffness , arthritis and tension throught the body. Pilates also teaches control and stability and balance.