Who Benefits from Pilates?
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a series of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility,posture and balance in the body.
What is STOTT PILATES®?
STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original exercises pioneered by Joseph Pilates. STOTT PILATES® includes modern principals of exercise science and rehabilitation and bio mechanical research. This makes it one of the safest and most effective methods available and is often revered to as the 'Ivy league' of Pilates instruction.
Private or group sessions?
Private Pilates sessions are the most effective way to focus on your own unique needs. The workouts are tailored to fit you and your specific goals. If you have injuries or medical concerns it would be best to begin with individual training. If you have no prior Pilates experience some private sessions are required before joining an essential level group.
Small group Pilates classes can be an affordable way to add Pilates into your fitness routine and can also be fun, motivating and a great way to meet new people. Each session covers a full body workout and equipment classes utilize the reformer, jump board, spring boards, chair and small equipment such as stability cushions.
Can Pilates help back pain?
Pilates can be very effective as it addresses the underlying structural imbalances in the body that lead to back pain. Lack of core support, pelvic instability, muscular imbalances, poor posture and lack of body awareness can all have an effect on your back.
What is the difference between a Pilates equipment workout and mat work?
In Pilates mat work you are using your own body weight as resistance and doing all the work to stabilize and support your body. This can actually be more difficult especially for a beginner.
When using the equipment, pulleys and springs create resistance and can also help to support and stabilize your body. The equipment can put the body in a non-weight bearing position, taking stress and pressure off the joints while stretching and strengthening the body. The equipment gives more emphasis to strengthening the outer limbs as well as the core. It is ideal to do both mat and equipment exercises in your Pilates workout.
What is the difference between Pilates and regular weight training?
Pilates is a form of strength training. All of the Pilates equipment utilizes resistance training. However, the big difference between Pilates and regular strength training is that we are working towards mind-body integration and educating the body to move more efficiently. We emphasis breath, coordination, balance and control. Pilates focuses on strength, flexibility, core stabilization and balancing the muscles of the body.
Working with spring resistance enables you to work more on the eccentric contraction (lengthening action) of your muscle. Working with resistance is less aggressive to the body, less stress on the joints and is particularly good for post rehabilitation.
Pilates can be a great compliment to any other exercise regime including traditional weight training.
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