PILATES

Pilates is a method of body conditioning which coordinates the mind and the body through movement. More a way of life than an exercise regimen, Joseph Pilates termed this type of work ‘contrology’ in the 1920’s. Pilates principles of movement include alignment, concentration, centring, fluidity and precision.

The philosophy of the Pilates method is to help people attain a uniformly developed body fully capable of performing all of our varied tasks easily and painlessly. Visualization and breath to techniques are also used to help strengthen the neuromuscular connection that helps us use and recruit the correct muscles when needed and to create an awareness of the postural and dynamic muscles that provide the necessary support and strength for our activities.

A consistent application of the Pilates principles in our exercise programs facilitates the development of a well-aligned and conditioned body, a strong abdominal core and a supportive back. The awareness and healthy use of the stabilizing muscles of the neck, shoulders, ribcage and pelvic girdle is continually nurtured in our Pilates classes. By practicing Pilates 3 to 5 times a week, both men and women can achieve a level of conscious fitness that they have never before realized.

BENEFITS

  • Improvements in posture and body alignment.
  • Increases core strength, tones and flattens abdominal muscles.
  • Builds strength, efficiency and stamina of muscles.
  • Helps you develop a functionally supportive back.
  • Accelerates recovery time from childbirth, strains or injuries.
  • Provides relief for back, neck, and shoulder pain and teaches you how to avoid
    creating more tension.
  • Reduces stress and increases the quality of your sleep.
  • Increases joint range of motion and joint stability.
  • Expands your fitness ability, proprioception, balance and flexibility.
  • Advances your performance in other sports.
  • Enhances lung capacity and breathing techniques.
  • Progressively develops body awareness, coordination and neuromuscular connections.