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WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is an evidence based and holistic approach to movement created by Joseph Pilates. Pilates contains its own set of exercise that are made to optimize movement patterns, and when done correctly, people claim that their bodies feel stronger, and range of movement feels freer. Equipment based Pilates classes uses spring loaded equipment to help create space between joints and to help strengthen, and lengthen muscles. Pilates is perfect for everyone as it is gentle on the joints, but can also be challenging to those who are physically fit.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PILATES AND MOVEMENT EDUCATION?
Pilates and movement education have many benefits for the human body especially since we focus on skeletal alignment and moving dynamically through a wide range of motion of the joints. Here are some of the benefits of moving with us:
We help guide the body to recruit proper muscles with a unique set of exercises.
Posture is improved by working against muscle imbalances.
Bodily aches and pains are alleviated when working with posture and proper muscle activation.
Pilates helps in preventing future injuries by creating awareness of our bodies in space.
Pilates strengthens and lengthens muscles, which creates movement that is strong and graceful.
Pilates works on deep core muscles to help support the larger muscles in the body, which creates a strong body from inside out.
Pilates can build confidence as one starts to feel more in tune with the body
Our instructor(s) care about how you move.
WHY IS PROPER SKELETAL ALIGNMENT AND PROPER MUSCLE ENGAGEMENT IMPORTANT WHILE MOVING THE BODY?
When the body is skeletally aligned while moving, there is proper weight bearing throughout the muscles around the spine and throughout the rest of the muscles and bones in the body. If the muscles around the spine bear down weight properly, the chances of injury to the spine is significantly decreased. This is important as damage or injury to the spine can be dangerous and very painful. When there is good skeletal alignment, muscles engage better, and when muscles engage better, people feel stronger. Not only that, but when muscles engage better, alignment also becomes better because the muscles then pull the bones into better alignment. In conclusion, working on proper muscle engagement can lead to better alignment over time (without even needing to think about posture), which can relieve any postural pains a person may have.
WHO CAN DO PILATES?
To answer this question very briefly, anyone and everyone can do Pilates. Pilates is designed for everyone from pre-rehab to fitness enthusiasts. If you have any questions about how Pilates can help with your particular body, or if you have a question about how we can help you, please reach out to us!
IS PILATES THE SAME AS YOGA?
Contrary to popular belief, Pilates is not the same as Yoga. Pilates has its own sets of exercises that is vastly differently from that of Yoga. Even though the flow through movement may be similar between the two, they are definitely its own type of exercise. Neither are superior to the other, it really just depends on what one likes and what one prefers. Pilates focuses on proper muscle recruitment and posture whilst incorporating proper breathing techniques, skeletal alignment and range of motion.
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