''Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.''
Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1880-1967)
Pilates is a refreshing mind body workout. It has a meditative effect as it requires one to switch off the daily mind chatter in order to focus on the breath and the flow of each move. Pilates is about precision and quality of the moves rather than the quantity of moves. It has proven very effective as a workout as well as part of rehabilitation programs.
Some conventional sports training methods have little focus on mobility of our joints and the flexibility of our muscles. This causes stiffness and a misalignment of the spine. When the spine is worked whilst in this misaligned state, it causes pressure on the spine – some muscles are being overused and some ignored. This leads to an imbalance and thus a higher risk of injury in the long term.
This is why rugby players, footballers, runners, cyclists, horse riders, actors and many others are combining their workout routines and daily activities with Pilates. However, one doesn’t have to be a professional sports person to benefit from Pilates. Anyone who holds their body in a fixed position for a long time, desires more flexibility, mobility, strength, and / or relaxation of the body and mind will also benefit enormously from doing Pilates.
Pilates works several muscle groups at the same time and in a fluid movement. We will work on your mobility, strength and flexibility with the help of proper breathing. The breathing is very important and not only enhances the mind and body connection – it also makes you feel revitalized and assists in helping you maximise each move and retain your focus.
When we perform Pilates our aim is to try and work with the pelvis and spine in their 'optimal alignment'(when the vertebraes are under the least amount of load).This way we target all the posture muscles, the abdominal, back and gluteal muscles in our inner centre. This naturally improves our posture and the way in which we use our bodies during our daily activities and whilst performing sports.
When we are born, our joints and spines are tremendously flexible. Unfortunately, as we go through our lives, bad habits start to creep in. Our posture gets affected by how we feel inside and what we do on a daily basis. This is of course very much on an unconscious level. Before we know it we start to feel stiff, out of sync, without energy and we wonder ‘’how did I get here?’’.
Because of the modification and progression levels to each Pilates exercise, Pilates is suitable for anyone. It challenges each individual within their own ability - and workouts should be challenging!
One achieves not only a mobile body with long, lean, balanced muscles and a better posture with Pilates but an energy boost and a sense of a younger body from the inside which is in tune and buzzing to take on the adventures of life!
Give yourself the gift of a lifetime. Reclaim your body through Pilates!