Many have heard about this “new” and “fashionable” exercise method, but few know how it is different from others, its origins and unique benefits.
Pilates is an exercise program that is, like all things German, systematic, precise and effective and was built over a hundred years ago by Joseph Pilates. He believed that the proper breathing technique, gentle yet through stretching and strengthening of the muscles and achieving optimal flexibility in the spine are the keys to a healthy body and happy spirit.
The major concerns that Pilates exercises address are poor posture and spinal inflexibility, musculature imbalances, and post-injury traumas that sooner or later result in pains, aches and compromised well-being.
The anatomically correct, gentle yet powerful exercises of the Pilates Method are especially great for those with herniated “slipped” discs and pack pain – it has been scientifically proven that strengthening and stretching the muscles in and around the midsection: lower back, abdominals and pelvic region will eliminate and prevent 90% of back aches. Also, Pilates has designated exercises and routines for ankle, knee, hip, neck and shoulder pain and injury rehabilitation.
New or expecting mothers find Pilates to be an optimal exercise method to recover after or prepare the body for pregnancy.
Those who usually are left feeling sluggish and fatigued after the exercise find it that their body feels restored and balanced after a Pilates workout.
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