The Pilates method is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. The Pilates method is one of the most popular exercise systems in the country. It seems like everyone is either doing the Pilates method, or interested in starting a Pilates method exercise program. Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it benefits so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do Gyrotonic®s/classes/seniors/">seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who at various stages of physical rehabilitation. The top benefits doing of Pilate’s exercise that people report are that they become stronger, longer, leaner, and more able to do anything with grace and ease.
The Pilates method is an Adaptable Method; Modification is the key to Pilates method exercise success with a variety of populations. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level. Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement. As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates methods benefits people overcome back pain. As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.
The Six Pilates Method Principles:
Centering, Control, Flow, Breath, Precision, and Concentration:
These six Pilates principles are essential ingredients in a high quality Pilate’s method workout. The Pilates method has always emphasized quality over quantity, and you will find that, unlike many systems of exercise, Pilate’s exercises do not include a lot of repetitions for each move. Instead, doing each exercise fully, with precision, yields significant results in a shorter time than one would ever imagine.
Pilates is a Unique Method of Exercise.
Core strength and torso stability are key Pilates method benefits, along with the six Pilates principles, set the Pilates method apart from many other types of exercise. Weight lifting, for example, can put a lot of attention on arm or leg strength without attending much to the fact that those parts are connected to the rest of the body! Even running or swimming can seem like all arms and legs, with either a floppy or overly tense core. Ultimately those who really succeed at their sport learn to use their core muscles, but in Pilates this integrative approach is learned from the beginning.
Mat Work and Equipment
Pilates exercises are done on either on a mat on the floor, Pilates mat work, or on exercise equipment developed by Joseph Pilates. The workout equipment that we use in Pilates generally utilizes pulleys and resistance from the participants own body weight on the machine and graduated levels of springs. The Reformer is probably the best-known piece of resistance equipment that you will encounter at a Pilates studio. Read more about our Mat work and Reformer classes.
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