Pilates is one of the most popular forms of exercise in Australia. A form of exercise and body conditioning based on the work of Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), the Pilates repertoire emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.
It seems like everyone is either doing Pilates, or interested in starting a Pilates exercise program. Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women both pre and post natal and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
At ESP our clients report the top benefits of doing Pilates exercise is that they feel stronger, longer, leaner, and more able to do everyday activities with grace and ease.
Unlike other exercise programs the focus of the Pilates method is based on the six Pilates Principals.
- FLOWING MOVEMENT
- PRECISION and
This is what makes Pilates a workout of the mind and the body.
The method is based on the correct facilitation and endurance of the stabilising muscles throughout the body. This along with a strong focus on good posture and body awareness makes Pilates an excellent programme for general health and injury prevention as well as for rehabilitation.
Pilates works towards creating a more harmonious relationship between the muscles and joints thus relieving a lot of general aches and pains
Many injuries are caused or increased by poor posture and muscle imbalances. Pilates provides a way of restoring or maintaining good strength and flexibility in the muscles required for good posture and movement.
The key muscles used in Pilates are your deep abdominals, pelvic floor and spinal stability muscles which dynamically support your body through movement. Pilates exercises are designed to progressively challenge these muscles according to your level of ability.
In the sessions at ESP, quality of the movement is empathized over quantity or numbers of repetitions. Symmetry, control and flexibility are reinforced.
Over time, you gain knowledge and awareness of your body’s capabilities, developing a mindful, educated approach to exercise, creating balance and freedom of movement for your body.
No matter what your level of fitness, you can benefit from Pilates, whether you are looking to improve your posture, resolve ongoing pain, recover from injury or train toward personal goals!
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