The Life Changing Benefits of Pilates
A Brief History of Pilates
Joseph Pilates - Born in 1883, Died 1967. A native of Germany, Pilates was an unhealthy child. Determined to overcome his ailments, he began to study anatomy as well as Eastern and Western forms of exercise, including Yoga, weight training, wrestling, and acrobatics. He developed a series of exercises he named “Contrology” related to encouraging the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine.
Later, Pilates fused his engineering skills with his knowledge of health and anatomy and designed specialized exercise apparatus using springs, pulleys, and movable platforms to create variable-resistance workout routines. These machines include, the Reformer, Cadillac, and the Wunda Chair.
Unlike many other forms of exercise, however, Pilates balances out muscular asymmetries, and improves your balance, coordination, and breath control. Pilates does all this because the exercises work to simultaneously develop your muscular flexibility and your strength. The exercises also help to awaken a new body awareness.
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ALLEVIATES PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH "TECH NECK" AND POOR POSTURE AS RESULT OF EXTENDED TECHNOLOGY USE
You most likely spend hours gazing at a computer screen, then often return home to post on social media, text or watch the television. This usually creates a kyphotic head‐forward posture, which is recognized by overly tight trapezius muscles and shortened pectoral muscles. The neck muscles grow tense, and tend to trigger stress and headaches.
Pilates exercises will align your spine and strengthen your neck and shoulders. This can help minimize the back pain due to sitting at your desk all day. It can also help reduce neck pain by releasing muscle tension and building up strength.
DRASTICALLY IMPROVES CORE STRENGTH
Pilates really hits your core muscle (or ‘powerhouse’ as it is called in the Pilates world), which has effects on your lower back, abdomen, hip and pelvic muscles. Not only is a strong core essential for exercises, it is also essential for everyday tasks such as carrying heavy items and picking up your shopping. Especially if you try to carry all the grocery bags in one go.
Pilates workouts require your muscle groups to move through a full range of motion. Improved flexibility decreases strain and stress on your joints and muscles. Muscles contract with increased efficiency, and workouts are more effective. Improved flexibility reduces stiffness, soreness and the chance of injury. You can perform everyday movements with less strain and fatigue.
Many of the Pilates exercises improve your balance. It also helps you better coordinate your movements, reduce your risk of falling, makes you more agile and increases your reaction time
ADAPS TO ALL LEVELS OF FITNESS PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS
Pilates exercises are versatile and may be modified for those just beginning exercise and/or post rehab from an injury to challenge the most advanced athlete
When you are feeling strong and empowered in your body you can take on other life challenges. Also as result of the functional aspect of Pilates, daily movements and other physical activities which used to be exhausting will be executed with improved ease and efficiency
A REFRESHING MIND BODY EXERCISE
By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth, flowing movement, you become acutely in tune with your body. You actually learn how to control its movement. In Pilates the quality of movement is valued over quantity of repetitions. Proper breathing is essential, and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency. Last but not least, learning to breathe properly can reduce stress.