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With our new Pilates studio opening in 10 days we believe its the perfect complement to your Yoga Practice…
Pilates is a physical practice, designed towards improving natural physical movement by establishing a healthy connection between the muscles, the breath, and the brain. Through the thousands of potential movement exercises and sequences, Pilates creates an environment that gets you to focus, listen to your body, build strength, and improve the correct alignment of the body. The key principles are centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow, and are used to fully integrate the body and the mind. Joseph Pilates, the creator of the now internationally-loved practice, was concerned mainly with rehabilitation and physical fitness and drew on his experiences with Eastern mind-body practices to develop what we now know as Pilates.
It Works The Whole Body
Pilates and yoga are unique in the sense that they work the whole body, whilst other forms of exercise may leave some parts of the body over-developed and others neglected. Pilates sees the human body as an integrated whole. This means that not only does the whole body receive attention – in the form of strength, balance, flexibility and increased range of motion – but the breath and the mind are also included in the work out. Pilates provides a sense of integrative fitness that makes it a great foundation for other chosen movement practices to build on.
It Is Easily Adaptable To Your Needs
No matter your age, stamina, or level of physical fitness, the foundations of Pilates movement can be applied to your body. The focus in Pilates is to build from the core, with extra attention placed on correct alignment and honouring the mind-body connection. This makes Pilates an extremely powerful healing practice. If you have an injury, or a specific goal you want to achieve, you will be able to maximise your Pilates practice to speak directly to your needs.
Pilates Creates Balanced Muscles and Builds Core Strength
The purpose of Pilates is not to leave you with bulking over-worked muscles, but rather to build muscle tone in a way that is practical, functional, and works perfectly within the context of your body as a whole. Contrary to popular belief, the core muscles in the body are not only in the front of the abdomen. Our core is comprised of the muscles in our back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. When these muscles are strong, and balanced, the entire frame of the body is supported, and the joints can be free and relaxed.
It Increases Bodily Awareness
In Pilates, the exercises are practiced with total attention on each movement. The coordination of the breath, body and mind, bring the practitioner to a state of relaxed awareness, where they are able to tune into and feel what is happening inside their bodies. As exercise is a powerful tool when it comes to managing health conditions, the nature of Pilates makes it the perfect antidote for the 21st century lifestyle i.e sedentary occupations, poor posture, and low levels of physical activity.
Pilates Improves Posture
Pilates helps to build a strong core, which in turn can lead to good posture. Pilates teaches us how to be in correct alignment, where the body can move freely and effortlessly without pain, allowing the body to express itself with strength and harmony. Pilates movement fundamentals work towards training the body to maintain correct alignment throughout a lifetime.
New pilates Studio Opening Monday, Sept 16th … The timetable will be released next week 🙂