Pilates is an Exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, Muscle-Strength, Flexibility and Posture.
As Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates says “Pilates is designed to give you suppleness natural grace and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you play and in the way you work”
Benefits of Pilates:
- Pilates can help improve posture , muscle tone and flexibility, core strength and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. Pilates is suitable for people of all levels of fitness. It is a rejuvenating mind body workout.
- There is some evidence that Pilates can provide pain relief to people with non specific lower back pain. For the exercises to be effective, they need to be customised to the individual and should be trained by a Certified Instructor.
- Pilates can be adapted to raise the fitness levels of someone less active and it can challenge someone very Fit.
- People who do Pilates regularly feel they have better Posture.
- Helps to sculpt the body and strengthen the body’s “core” or “powerhouse”.
Breathing is important in Pilate.Pilates Breathing is described as a posterior lateral breathing, Meaning that the practitioner is instructed to breathe deep into the back and sides of his or her rib cage. When you exhale, we have to note the engagement of their deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscle and maintain this engagement as they inhale.
In short, We breathe through our chest and not the abdomen which is called as Lateral Thoracic breathing.
Core “engagement” is the Essence of Pilates.
Some of the Beginners Mat Pilates are
- Hip Release
- Alternate leg Raise
- Hip Rolls
- Spine stretch
- Leg circles
- Ab Curls
Pilates exercises need to be practice regularly to create the type of results one want to feel in the body and for clients to be able to progress through the repertoire safely.