Pilates (or the Pilates method) is a series of about 500 exercises inspired by callisthenics, yoga, and ballet. Pilates strengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion. It improves flexibility, strength, balance and body awareness. Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century with the intention to improve the rehabilitation programme for casualties. During this period, Pilates was designed to aid injured soldiers in regaining their health by strengthening, stretching, and stabilising key muscles.
Joe preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring control and technique over increased repetition. He believed that mental and physical health were essential to one another, creating what is a method of total body conditioning Pilates uses correct alignment, centring, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement (the Pilates principles) to establish perfect working body from the inside out.
Pilates build strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine, rather than on bulking and shortening the muscles. Pilates has a focus on the core which can basically be thought of as the ‘powerhouse’ of your body. your core is the area between your shoulders and your pelvis (without your arms and legs) and encompasses all the muscles within this area. Due to its core focus, Pilates is popular not only in the field of fitness, but also in rehabilitation, It can be used to progress individuals through movements that represent their day-to-day activities. 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.
The health benefits of Pilates include:
Pilates caters for everyone, from beginning to advanced. you can perform exercises using your body body weight, or with the help of various pieces of equipment. A typical Pilates workout includes a number of exercises and stretches. Each exercise is performed with attention to proper breathing techniques and abdominal muscle control. To gain the maximum benefit, you should do Pilates at least two or three times per week. You may notice postural improvements after 10 to 20 sessions.
Pilates consists of moving through a slow, sustained series of exercises using abdominal control and proper breathing. The quality of each posture is more important than the number of repetitions or how energetically you can move.