What is Pilates good for:
– It helps in bringing your muscles in balance.
– It helps in preserving the good health of your skeleto-muscular system.
– It enhances spinal health by training the spinal muscles.
– It helps in keeping you in shape after post-OP/post-injury rehabilitation.
– It is good for stretching.
– It helps in keeping your joints healthy.
– It trains your stabilising muscles (eg. shoulders, knees, ankles).
– It helps you to avoid or control osteoporosis.
What is Pilates?
The method invented by Joseph H. Pilates is based on special principles, which allow us to develop a balanced muscle system. You cannot build heavy muscles by applying this method, however, they can become more toned, trained and stretched. With Pilates muscle force and flexibility are increased. Regular training results in higher level of well-being. It increases concentration and body awareness.
Stretching our muscles is essential for their functional operation, they need to be long enough to compete their duties. In case of shortened muscles joints get under tension leading to future articular problems (eg. inflammation, pain or cartilage wear in shoulder, knee or back. If one side is stronger than the other, eg. you use your right side more during work or sports, it will get stronger and may lead to scoliosis in the long run.
Pilates excercises can be carried out on the floor as well as on special equipment developed for this purpose. Some excercises need to be carried out on a floor mat. Small tools to increase (or lower) muscle work may be used, no matter if you do floor Pilates or have machine workout with us.
AS far as the machines are concerned they mainly use springs for resistance. You can make your whole body workout from top to toe with these machines. You can work on your muscles in lying, sitting, kneeling and standing postures, as with the floor excercises. Depending on the number of springs, they may make your muscle work lighter or harder.