What is Pilates?
Pilates is a body-conditioning method developed in the last century by Joseph Pilates. It builds strength from the inside out, working deep muscle groups through smooth and controlled movements (it was originally called “contrology” as in the ability to control movement).
Benefits of Pilates:
Pilates increases core stability, flexibility and joint range of movement, and it improves balance and posture, offering relief from aches and pains. Pilates is also a great support during or after treating an injury, and because it re-educates the body and corrects wrong habits, it’s an ideal form of exercise for injury prevention. Ultimately it enables you to move pain-pain free and enjoy the daily activities you love.
Who can do it?
Pilates is for everyone. The greatness of the method is that it can be adapted to suit personal needs, from rehabilitation to toning to getting generally fitter. Athletes and dancers do Pilates as a support for their cardiovascular specific training; older people do it to keep their body functional and efficient; pregnant women do it during and after pregnancy, to maintain strength and quickly regain their figure. Pilates is also a great way for everyone to generally de-stress, revitalize, and re-energize the body.
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