If you are new to Pilates, we have a great way to help you get started. Take full advantage of the 3 private Starter Kit 1 where you will learn about your own posture through a posture analysis session. You will be given a clear explanation of the Pilates principles and how applying these basic principles into the Pilates repertoire could bring about positive improvements to your total well being. You will then be introduced to a Reformer, learning the essential movements and how to execute them safely, effectively at the same time, opening up a whole new experience to your exercise regime. After the 3 private sessions, you will be ready to step into a group class with confidence; well equipped to enjoy the class with the rest of the participants.
Joseph H. Pilates was born in 1883 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Pilates – cite_note-pilates-verband.de-0 in Germany. He was a sickly child and suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, and he dedicated his entire life to improving his physical strength. Pilates came to believe that the “modern” lifestyle, bad posture inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health. He ultimately devised a series of exercises and training techniques and engineered all the equipment, specifications required to teach his methods properly.
He developed his concept of an integrated, comprehensive system of physical exercise, which he himself called “Contrology.” He studied yoga and the movements of animals and trained his fellow inmates (at a concentration camp where he was sent as an intern during WWI) in fitness and exercises. It is told that these inmates survived the great pandemic of 1918 due to their good physical shape.
His method, which he and his wife, Clara originally called “Contrology,” related to encouraging the use of the mind to control muscles.
Pilates is suitable for everyone. The practice of concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow and precision, train the body to move efficiently with minimal impact on the body. This balancing of strength and flexibility gives a vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body. This method is proven to help many of our clients with spinal and alignment problems and with proper care and guidance, they have emerged from rehabilitation with much stronger and fitter bodies.
A combination of a healthy diet, active lifestyle and regular exercise among other many factors contribute to weight loss. Pilates is not a cardiovascular exercise that is known to burn more calories with increased heart rate. A vigorous and symmetrical Pilates workout for all muscle groups will produce a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body, naturally burning off fats. More important to any health and fitness regime is achieving the ideal body mass index that fits you.
Yes, prenatal (and postnatal) pilates has been claimed to be a highly valuable and beneficial form of exercise. However, before taking up Pilates, we would advise that you seek prior approval from your doctor. Many exercises can be specifically designed for the expectant mother.
The pilates method focuses attention on core postural muscles that help keep the human body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and of alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles. With resistance training, the body is toned and strengthened without bulking up as muscles are lengthened during the exercises.
The Pilates Matwork & apparatus work compliment each other, with Matwork being the more challenging part of the method, because you have to do all the work to stabilize and support your body. The Pilates apparatus, Reformer, Cadillac, Chairs, & Barrels, place the body in a non-weight bearing position, taking stress and pressure off your joints while strengthening and stretching the body. These apparatus have spring tension which work similarly to a muscle contraction helping the body understand how to move correctly and efficiently. Working with the Pilates apparatus helps strengthen the body to better support and use the right muscles for doing Pilates Matwork. If you have injuries, medical concerns, or any doubts about your safe participation in “group” Pilates classes, it would be best to begin with individual training and use of the equipment to ensure your safe participation and help you get the most benefit possible from working out with the Pilates system. Ideally, all participants should do both Mat and equipment training during their Pilates workouts.
Yoga, as we generally know it, is aimed to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit. Yogis view that the mind and the body are one, and that if it is given the right tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment.
Unlike many other training programs, Pilates works the whole body, emphasizing control, precision and concentration in both the mind and the body. Movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively instead, the focus is on quality not quantity. The abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks (“powerhouse”) serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. This focus on core stabilization makes one stronger from the inside out and is critical for the advancement of the client. The low impact nature of Pilates makes it ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Its six principles-concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow and precision-train the body to move efficiently with minimal impact on the body. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.
The nature of both techniques makes it easy for them to complement each other. Get the stretch from Yoga and Pilates strengthen your abdominals on the Reformer and watch your poses improve. Learn the breathing techniques of Pilates and meditative aspect of Yoga into your routine and see the stress of your everyday life, begin to dissipate. Both techniques are time-proven, established.
The exercise you use is a matter of personal preference or a matter of need.
Practically everyone, from all walks of life, of various body types, fitness levels or ages, can do Pilates. It is a comprehensive system that offers variations of exercises that can be modified to suit the needs of every individual whether one is an accomplished sports man, an aspiring dancer, a busy housewife or retiree. We do receive many referrals from therapists recommending Pilates for their clients to help them with their recovery and rehabilitation progress.
There is no definitive timeframe for one to see results – how an individual pace themselves in any exercise programme and how rigorously one wants to keep to the disciplines in practising Pilates makes a difference in achieving results. As Joseph Pilates puts it, “Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning, this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained. Self confidence follows.” With the help of an experienced teacher, you will surely achieve the goals you set out for yourself!
Ideally, we should aim to do it 2-3 sessions per week. Each session to last an hour.