What is Pilates?

Pilates is an innovative and safe form of exercise, suitable for all levels. It lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups to establish a perfect working body from the inside out. Pilates builds strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine, improving balance and body awareness. The method focuses on strengthening the core (deep muscles of your abdomen, back and hips) while balancing the muscles of the body to create better alignment.

Because of its core focus, Pilates is popular not only in the field of fitness, but also in rehabilitation. Often injury, pain or discomfort comes from imbalance within the body and faulty movement patterns. Pilates works towards creating a more balanced relationship between the muscles and joints, which can relieve a lot of general aches and pains. The focus on strengthening the core and improving postural awareness are especially well indicated for the alleviation and prevention of back, neck and joint pain.

What are the benefits?

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The focus on strengthening and lengthening the muscles at the same time produces long, lean, strong overall muscle tone that doesn’t create bulk.
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It tones and strengthens the body as a whole and is fantastic for getting back into shape or maintaining a healthy physique.
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You can expect overall slimming, improved flexibility and mobility, and the improved alignment and postural correction will have you holding yourself differently, standing taller, sitting straighter and moving with better balance and coordination.
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You will feel an inner strength and heightened body awareness allowing you to train yourself with the best possible efficiency, using your time most effectively.
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Pilates leads to increased energy levels, a clear, focused mind and a body that feels strong and in control.
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Pilates gives you positive systemic effects on all of your body systems, stimulating and eliminating toxins and waste. You will find improvement to your digestion system including an increased metabolic rate as well as a constant booster to your immune system.
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There are many more benefits including improvement to pelvic floor function, bone density and lung capacity/breathing technique just to name a few.