What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates in the 1920’s, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength (called powerhouse in pilates terminology), torso stability, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient graceful movement.
Working through the powerhouse, along with the six pilates principals, makes the method a revolutionary and unique form of exercises which was originally called Contrology.
The Powerhouse (Click here to view)
Includes the upper and lower abdominals , the lower back and the buttocks, all supporting a good posture. This group of muscle is very difficult to isolate end strengthen, and a conventional form of exercise would easily ignore this area.
The pilates method is specifically designed to initiate each movement from the powerhouse in order to stabilize and strengthen the support muscles, giving the body the freedom to move with balance and grace.
The Six Principles (Click here to view)
Joseph Pilates believed in a body/mind/spirit approach to movement (Contrology), integrating principles such as centering, control, concentration, precision, breath and flow.
Mastering each movement in its full expression, applying these principals, will result, for a Pilates practitioner, in balance, grace, ease and energy in the body.
Focusing on the powerhouse; the centre of the body, where the energy is sourced and from where all movement is initiated and coordinated throughout the body.
Bringing full attention to movement in order to perform with great focus and dedication. In this way maximum benefits are obtained with economy and efficiency.
Regardless of how many parts of the body are initiated in the exercise, each movement is designed with complete muscular control.
Awareness through movement will manifest in the ultimate use of the muscles and appropriate placement of each part of the body in order to create perfect alignment of the spine and ideal muscular balance.
Correctly using the very natural process of breathing in an optimized fashion, enlarges the lung to its greatest capacity and help oxygen to circulates better throughout brain and body. This balances and harnessing the body’s energy and co-ordinates movement with the breath.
As a result, endurance increases, fatigue decreases and the body and mind works in perfect harmony creating a graceful and energetic work out.
As we are not pausing after each move in real life, moving in a flowing and graceful manner during your workout will ensure the body’s energy to stimulate the muscles continuously and will connect all movement so the exercises flows freely.