WHAT IS PILATES
Pilates is a form of exercise, or method of body conditioning developed by Joseph H Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and body awareness. By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, Pilates’ exercises train you to become acutely in tune with your body. You learn how to control your movement.
Pilates can help re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal fitness.
Many workouts tend to emphasize quick, dynamic, repetitive movements, or lifting heavy weights, which tend to focus on large muscle groups neglecting the small foundational muscles. A lot of these same conventional workouts tend to work the same large muscle groups. This tends to lead weak muscles to get weaker and strong muscles to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.
Pilates elongates and strengthens, resulting in long lean flexible muscles. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. Pilates conditions the whole body, down to the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned; helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. That’s why so many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.