PILATES

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Mat-based Pilates – this is a series of exercises performed on the floor using gravity and your own body weight to provide resistance. The main aim is to condition the deeper, supporting muscles of your body to improve posture, balance and coordination.

Pilates (or the Pilates method) is a series of about 500 exercises inspired by calisthenics, yoga and ballet. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion. It improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness.

Yoga brings the body and mind together and is built on three main elements – exercise, breathing and meditation. Both yoga and Pilates improve muscular and postural strength.

Always consult your doctor before embarking on any new fitness program, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or have not exercised in a long time.

Health benefits of Pilates

The health benefits of Pilates include:

  • improved flexibility

  • increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)

  • balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body

  • enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs

  • improved stabilisation of your spine

  • improved posture

  • rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances

  • improved physical coordination and balance

  • relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back

  • safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries

  • prevention of musculoskeletal injuries

  • increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing

  • improved concentration

  • increased body awareness

  • stress management and relaxation.