What is Pilates?
Pilates is one of the world’s fastest growing forms of mindful exercise.
It is a safe and effective way to transform the way your body looks and feels, without straining or taxing it in any way.
It teaches you how to access correct posture, improve your core strength and body awareness, and gives you the tools to reduce and often eradicate back pain and other niggles throughout the body.
How does it work?
Firstly by having an instructor who can teach you the correct and safe methods of movement, the way your body is designed to operate.
Once these basic fundamentals have been taught, it is then a matter of continuing to challenge and ‘upskill’ the body, through both mat and Pilates machine-based exercises.
Other conventional or traditional workouts tend to be weight bearing and can often build short, bulky muscles – the type most prone to injury.
Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured.
Who can do it?
Anyone can do Pilates so long as they haven’t been advised otherwise from a doctor or medical specialist.
Pilates is accessible to people with all sorts of physical disabilities, goal-oriented requirements, and rehabilitation programmes, especially when utilising Pilates’ equipment.
Pilates machines offer a lot of support and feedback and help fast track good results.
What are the five key benefits?
1) Increases core strength which has a knock on effect of many other benefits.
2) Increases flexibility, allowing the body to move more freely and efficiently.
3) Practising Pilates provides you with a set time to escape your busy schedule and acts as a form of mindfulness movement, which is very meditative.
4) It can be done virtually anywhere with or without equipment.
5) Variations of exercises can be offered and applied to each individual making it accessible to most people.
What is the most common misconception about Pilates?
That it is a ‘girls’ thing’. You just have to look at some of the world’s top male sporting stars to realise the benefits which are spread far and wide.