FEBRUARY 2019 – WHAT IS PILATES

https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/pilates-comeback#2

Pilates hit the scene many years ago and was invented by a man by the name of Joseph Pilates

https://www.verywellfit.com/joseph-pilates-founder-of-the-pilates-method-2704455

and since the invention of Pilates there have been many classes/exercises aimed at building core strength as well as flexibility and mobility.

There really is no workout like a pilates workout.  Pilates is ready for all walks of life whether you are young or old:- https://www.verywellfit.com/is-pilates-good-exercise-for-seniors-2704632

Pilates can complement other forms of training or it can be a practice done on its own.

Pilates follows 6 principals, some might say there are few more:-

Centering

Physically bringing the focus to the centre of the body, the powerhouse area between the lower ribs and the pubic bone.  Pilates exercises should be sourced from our centre

Concentration

If one brings full attention to the exercise and does it with full commitment, maximum value will be obtained from each movement.  This starts the mind and body connection within Pilates.

Control

Every Pilates exercise is done with complete muscular control.  No body part is left to its own devices.

Precision

In Pilates awareness is sustained throughout each movement.  There is an appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts and trajectory for each body part.

Breath

Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises.  He advocated thinking of the lungs as bellows – using them strongly to pump the air fully in and out of the body.  Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath and using the breath properly is an integral part of Pilates.

  1. Flow

Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner.  Fluidity, grace and ease are goals applied to all exercises.  The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way.

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