About Pilates: Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by the Greek German-born Joseph Pilates. As of 2005, there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.
It’s a refreshing mind-body workout.
By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement; you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control your body’s movement.
In Pilates, the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.
Gain long, lean muscles and flexibility.
More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to 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.
Pilates helps create an evenly conditioned body, improve sports performance, and prevent injuries.
In the same vein, a lot of these same conventional workouts tend to work the same muscles. Weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.
Pilates conditions the whole body, even 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.
Learn how to move efficiently:
Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – which is invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.
Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and partially weight bearing. Pilates is so safe, it is used in physical therapy facilities to rehabilitate injuries