Pilates is more than just another exercise fad. It is a system of controlled movements to strengthen the whole body, increase flexibility and improve posture. Originally devised by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates was predominantly used by dancers to condition their physique and improve technique.
In recent years Pilates has become well known for it’s benefits in managing low back pain and to prevent stiffness and de-conditioning, Through slow and controlled movements Pilates will make you aware of conciously engaging muscles that support your centre, so you can move with greater ease and efficiency. The result is a leaner body-shape and a flatter stomach, as well as reduced tension in the ares where you don’t need it, such as neck and top of shoulders.
Pilates is for men and women alike, and can be made as gentle or rigorous as appropriate, but should always be performed with control and good technique. In fact, I have taught New Zealand All Black rugby team players in the past, and they did not find it easy at all!
Once you start doing Pilates and feel the benefits on your body it is hard to give up, and that’s the beauty of it. It simply becomes part of your life and who you are!