Pilates & Your Body, Mind and Health

 

Thinking of joining our private or group pilates classes in Marbella, read on to find out the overall Health Benefits of Pilates:

 

Pilates not only shapes your body it controls your overall health. Far from just physical fitness, the Pilates system was defined by its founder Joseph Pilates as a complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Yes, you can expect tone, strength, flexibility and flat abs….

 

What Does Pilates Do?

 

"Pilates creates a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure."

JOSEPH PILATES

 

Symmetry and alignment are the foundation of physical wellness.

Most musculoskeletal conditions and injuries are due to poor alignment and asymmetries in the body.

 

Pilates is targeted symmetrical training. By focusing on equalizing body sides of the body and balancing motion and strength you will achieve an ease of movement than you may not have experienced before.

 

Does it Work For Every Body?

Getting in shape with Pilates is a path anyone can embark on, from people who never exercise to the Pro athletes. All Pilates exercises can be modified to meet the needs of each individual.  Whatever Pilates style you prefer, working with an individual teacher is recommended to help you design the best program for your tailored results.

 

 

The Pilates Principles

For the Pilates method to work its magic, the exercises should be done with certain principles in mind. These Pilates principles are centring, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow. These ideas are integral to achieving the signature results that Pilates in known for. These principles are what separates Pilates from many other workouts which may address the physical aspects of wellness but do not work to integrate the mental and emotional elements of health. Complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit does not come solely by squats, deadlifts or push-ups.

 

Pilates Begins at the Core

Pilates exercise starts with our core -- with full breaths refreshing your cells; with your heart and circulatory system pumping fresh blood into your tissues; and with training the deep muscles of your abs, back and pelvis, to support our spine, and provide stability in our pelvis and shoulders as we move. When we strengthen and stabilize the core, we can safely move out from centre to increase the flexibility of our spine, stretch our muscles, and improve the range of motion in our joints.

 

Pilates Progress

Pilates is a progressive system. If you are consistent with your Pilates training, you will be adding new moves and increasing your stamina and intensity with every single workout.  As we progress, we will find that the pace of a workout picks up as do the strength and stability challenges. Once we have experience with Pilates mat work, you can add challenge, and variety, with Pilates equipment like the Magic Circle.

 

How Often Should I Do Pilates?

To get in shape with Pilates, Joseph Pilates recommended a minimum of 3 times per week. The best Pilates practice happens at the hands of an instructor who can not only guide you through proper form but also move you forward towards your ultimate goals.

In traditional exercise terms, Pilates is a system of moderate strength and flexibility training. Understanding all the additional benefits of Pilates will happen the sooner you begin.

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