How pilates helps you to Think, Breathe and Move!
Joseph Pilates once said that his method of movement training ‘develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.’
So what is it that is so unique about pilates and how could it work for you?
- It combines mind, breath and body. Think, breathe, and move in synchronicity.
- It strengthens your body from the inside out. By activating the deeper muscles that support your spine, pelvis and posture, you move more efficiently.
- It is non-impact and can be done at any age or fitness level.
- You take it with you. What you learn in class you take with you into everyday life.
- You learn to self-correct, as opposed to continually relying on a practitioner to fix your problem.
- A pilates specialist can create a program tailored specifically to your individual needs and goals.
- Pilates develops the body uniformly. The exercises avoid over-strengthening one muscle group at the expense of others. It combines core strength without losing flexibility, and builds muscle strength without bulk. This is why it is now an integral part of many athletes’ training regimes.
It is a wonderful feeling to feel your deep abdominals awakening, to stand taller, to move in a conscious, integrated way. But there is no short cut. Like any practice, it requires commitment. ‘Consistency is the key to change’ Pilates said. If you invest an hour a couple of times a week in this method, it will look after you for the rest of your life!
By Sarah Dunn