Why Everyone Should Do Pilates

Why Everyone Should Do Pilates

Pilates (pronounced pəˈläˌdēz) is quite the buzz word lately. It trends up and trends down, but currently many major health clubs offer Pilates training on the apparatuses in the form of classes or private sessions. So, what exactly is Pilates, who benefits from Pilates, and why should you do it?

What is Pilates?

Pilates is based on the work first named “Contrology”, by Joseph H. Pilates around 100 years ago. The great founder is no longer with us, but his work is carried on by those who appreciate movement science and fitness regimens that connect the body with the mind. Pilates named his method “Contrology” because of his desire to create better coordination of his body, and precision of movements. The method is based on quality of movements vs. quantity; meaning, everything is done with thought and precision. The result? Joseph said it best in his famous quote: “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body.” Quite the promise, eh? I have felt in my own body, as I began practicing his matwork in 2003, and in a matter of a few weeks could touch my toes, as I never could with traditional stretching or even Yoga. My clients over the years have experienced similar results; freedom of movement and feeling as though the years have magically gone in reverse.

What Does the Pilates Method Look Like?

It is a combination of spinal movements in all planes of motion that strengthen the core or center of the body, while lengthening and strengthening the extremities. It has been coined as “core exercise”, but Joseph believed in full-body engagement all of the time. This can truly be felt when exercising on one of the apparatuses utilizing springs attached to the arms or legs. The movements simulate calisthenics done in the 1980’s, but actually it was some of Joseph’s work that was seeping into mainstream fitness. What one can expect is a stronger, more defined, and streamlined body with better range of motion in ALL joints of the body.

Who Benefits from Pilates?

Because of its emphasis on body awareness and alignment, this protocol can be done by nearly anyone with any condition, given the instructor/trainer has received quality training. This Method began as physical therapy back in WWI, when Joseph first attached springs to hospital beds to rehabilitate soldiers. Because of the therapeutic value of the springs and principles of the practice, many physical therapists are either becoming certified or recommend Pilates training to their patients. This is also because of the hundreds of hours Pilates instructors complete in their training. An instructor’s training requires Anatomy and Physiology at the collegiate level so that they have a solid understanding of the human body and how it moves. From there, the rest of the hours are in training and student teaching, emphasizing different pathologies and case studies so that the instructor can train ANY individual who walks into his/her studio. Becoming a Pilates instructor is quite the investment, so you can be sure the instructor is passionate about helping you receive the benefits of improved movement promised by this practice.

That that you know the benefits of Pilates, time to give it a try yourself! Meet with a trainer for a free demo/consultation. They can discuss basic movements and how it will benefit you personally to achieve your goals. Sign up with the form below!

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