What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise that involves the mind and body to focus together. It works on the fundamental basis of creating a stable core of the body from which to move. It is a great form of exercise as it can develop greater body awareness and better recruitment of optimal muscles.
Pilates exercises focus on several key principles:
Breathing – exhaling with the movement of greatest effort encourages a greater activation of the core muscles
Concentration – to maintain alignment and awareness of the body’s movements
Control – ensuring all movement is intentional and smoothly executed
Centering – is the engagement of the core muscles which form the stable foundation for movements of the rest of the body
Flow – to achieve smooth, continuous and even movements
Routine – with repetition our nervous system becomes better at synchronising the pattern of movement
Who can benefit from Pilates?
At Flawless Physio we teach Pilates to our clients as a method of improving quality of movement and core strength. It can be effective for a wide range of individuals, from post-partum mums, post-operative patients and chronic pain sufferers to high level athletes of all sports, such as 3 time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray.
The exercise is extremely varied in terms of positions, equipment and difficulty. A common misconception is that Pilates is an easy exercise but like with any activity it can be made as hard as you want or need. Don’t expect to lie about breathing for you session you will be working hard and your muscles will know about it!
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