Pilates is a gentle form of exercise which improves posture, flexibility, and core strength. It was originally developed in the 1920’s by Joseph Pilates and uses mat-based exercises, as well as specialised equipment, to assist with retraining and restoring optimal movement and function.
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on building the strength and endurance of our deep core muscles. As you develop a stable core, Pilates will also work on the coordination and efficiency of your outer strength muscles, which will improve your posture, strength and general wellbeing.
What Can Pilates Help with?
Pilates continues to be a popular exercise option for all types of people due to its versatility. Pilates can be of great benefit if you are:
- Recovering from injury or surgery: Pilates can help to regain lost strength, balance, and motor control. It’s a great way to transition back into sport or your everyday activities.
- Employed in a typical office desk setting: prolonged sitting often leads to poor posture, which can result in back or neck pain. Pilates can help correct your posture and help stretch out sore or tight areas.
- A sports enthusiast: Pilates can help to fine-tune the skills required for all sports. It can add that extra dimension to your current training program, and increase sports performance. Plus, it’s a great way to prevent injuries.
Maintaining strength as you age: Strength and balance often decrease as you age. Pilates can dramatically slow down the effects of aging on your muscles, and in some cases reverse them.