Pilates encourages sound movement patterns that can be used in daily life which help to prevent injury and strengthen your body in a gentle and mindful way .
Pilates helps to strengthen your core, elongates and strengthens muscles, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility.
Pilates allows you to release tension, focus your mind and most of all gives you some precious time to focus on yourself!
Pilates encourages correct alignment of your body in daily life. By developing proper technique, you can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.
Pilates helps you to become aware of how your body should move, helps correct poor posture and habits that can lead to injury or general wear and tear on your body. By focusing on correct alignment of your spine and pelvis you can learn how to control how you move, sit and stand.
Pilates is progressive and can therefore be challenging to mind and body. Intensity can be increased as technique improves which means you may never become bored!
The Pilates Method of exercise has its origins in the work of the late Joseph Pilates, who was born in 1880 near Düsseldorf, Germany. He was a frail child and turned to physical fitness programmes to improve his body image, becoming a keen sportsman, developing talents in sports as varied as diving, gymnastics and boxing.
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