''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 on the mind as it has the ability to switch off our daily mind chatter. Instead our mind turns towards the focus on our breath, the instructions from the teacher and the flow of each move. Pilates is about precision and quality of the moves rather than the quantity of reps. It has proven very effective as a workout as well as part of rehabilitation programs.
Some conventional sports training methods don't provide our bodies with enough mobility and they tend to overuse some muscles and not use others enough. Too often we see people performing exercises in the gym with very poorly technique too. This can cause stiffness and misalignment in various parts of the body long term. In Pilates we work on developing our full range of movement, using optimal technique whilst strengthening our entire body at its end range. The result is a body that is fit for life i.e, more efficient in our daily tasks and better at our sport for longer.
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, for example an office worker or someone spending their day standing all day can benefit hugely!
Pilates works several muscle groups at the same time and in a fluid movement. We will work our mobility, strength and dynamic movement 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 Joseph Pilates invented his technique his sole intention was to make people breathe better.
Pilates has become hugely popular for all it's benefits. Because of its incredible toning effect on the body it is the number one go to for a lot of celebrities.
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 a mobile body with long, lean, balanced muscles from Pilates but also an energy boost and a sense of a younger body from the inside which is buzzing to take on the adventures of life!