Pilates is a form of exercise with many benefits for both body and mind. It is suitable for all ages and abilities. An experienced teacher will be able to tailor the exercises to your individual needs and goals.
Pilates can help you to:
Improve your posture
Increase muscle tone
Get more flexible
Move without pain
Pilates exercise involves slow controlled movements and requires you to be aware of the alignment of your body as you move. You focus on performing the movements with precision and correct technique so that your body achieves the most out of every repetition. As you develop a new awareness of your body in movement you will begin to move differently in everyday life. Your body will be better aligned and will begin to change shape.
The correct alignment of the spine is important throughout the exercises. When the spine is well aligned and we can maintain good control over our torso (Pelvis, Ribcage and Head) we are able to generate more efficient movement with our limbs. This is called core stability. Through regular Pilates practice with an experienced teacher you will gain better core stability and will become stronger and more flexible.
Many people find as their bodies develop and they gain greater control of their movements that Pilates practice can help illeviate aches and pains and help to avoid/ recover from injury. It can also be highly effective if you are training in a particular sport and want to maximise your potential. Many people also find the sensation of flowing movement and controlled breathing psychologically therapeutic. Pilates can help you to relax and relieve stress and tension.