Why Pilates?

How it started

Pilates  is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by the Greek German-born Joseph Pilates. Joseph Pilates was a physical-culturist from Mönchengladbach, Germany.

 

During the first half of the twentieth century, he developed a system of exercises which were intended to strengthen the human mind and body. Pilates believed that mental and physical health were interrelated.

 

Pilates’ system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner’s specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.

Benefits

Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing. Pilates exercises are done on a mat or using special equipment, such as the Reformer, the Cadillac and Wunda Chair. With its system of pulleys and springs, handles and straps, the apparatus can provide either resistance or support, depending on your needs.

 

Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes. The apparatus can be used to provide support for beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as resistance for people looking to challenge their body.

 

There are many reports on the health benefits of pilates. However, few of these have been subjected to rigorous scientific examination and there’s a need for more research in this area. Practitioners say regular pilates practise can help improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes, including dancers, pilates can complement their training by developing whole body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury.

 

To read more, go to the NHS website

Contact me to find out more

If you would like to know more about my Pilates classes in Norfolk, get in contact using one of the methods below:

 

Tel: 07886 553027 / 01692 598114

Email: julian@corepilatesnorfolk.co.uk

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