How Pilates Helps
Pilates can help you 'increase movement'
Pilates is an efficient mind, body and spirit exercise designed to lengthen and strengthen the body. It emphasises core stability, correct breathing, balance and alignment.
The aim of Pilates is to develop the body uniformly and re-educate the body to work in a sympathetic way with the anatomy of an individual.
"The ideal to strive for is the enjoyment of physical wellbeing, mental calm and spiritual peace" - Joseph Pilates
Under the correct supervision Pilates can be tailored for all age groups and levels of fitness - it is specifically helpful to improve:
- Pelvic Floor
Pilates improves balance, posture, stability, flexibility and mobility. It also improves mind body awareness, breathing and reduces stress and fatigue. Pilates can also relieve pain, stiffness and tension and can boost your immune system.
Pilates can help you 'increase sports performance'
Pilates exercise has been proven effective to enhance sports performance for many different sports.
Benefits of Pilates include:
- muscle balance
- core strengthening and stability
- improved focus and concentration
- injury prevention
- reduced stress
- relief from back pain
Pilates can aid in restoring muscle imbalances created by one-sided sports such as golf and tennis and can be utilised to build strength, power, endurance and precision for most if not all sport
Whether your sport is football, tennis, or golf, all athletes need Power, Flexibility, Balance, Stamina, Concentration and Precision.
Joseph Pilates called his method "Contrology." That is, "it's the mind that controls the muscles." Pilates is known for its amazing abdominal, or, as Joseph called it, "Powerhouse," strengthening abilities - now referred to a Core Stability. Without strong abdominals, there can be no power, stability, speed or optimal use of arms or legs. Pilates also works on developing body awareness so that the athlete consistently maintains ideal postural alignment. Standing in correct alignment is challenging, but maintaining proper alignment while moving in different planes is even more difficult. Pilates works to balance the body and develop muscular symmetry.