What is Pilates?
Pilates was originally create by Joseph Pilates in the early 1920s. It was originally called “Controlology” and was quickly adopted by dancers in New York who found the method effective in recovering from injury and also in preventing occurrence of injury. Pilates has evolved over the last 100 years to integrate current bio mechanical theories that allow for safe exercise adaptation and promoting strength in the neutral spine.
Many injuries are caused by muscular imbalances within our bodies. Our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out cause these imbalances. Most of us move incorrectly in some way or another, which puts too much pressure on some muscles and weakens others, causing an imbalance. By emphasizing proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment; you practice more balanced, safer and more efficient movements.
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. Learning to breathe properly can calm the nervous system and reduce stress on the body.
Pilates exercises develop the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine, which provides stabilization and protection as we move throughout the day. More conventional or traditional workouts are weight bearing and tend to build short, bulky muscles. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. A body with balanced strength and flexibility is less likely to be injured. Muscular imbalance can be a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain.
Pilates conditions the whole body. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury. Many professional sports teams and elite athletes now use Pilates as a critical part of their training regimen.
Using pilates in a rehab setting can actually re-train your body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion, which is important for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and everyday health.
Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty ranging from beginning to advanced. Each workout is individually developed for each client that matches their goals and what their body needs at the time of training.