Pilates is such a versatile exercise system that it is beneficial for a wide variety of conditions. It is a safe, gentle for of exercise that can help you through recovery from many injuries or change the hard-core athlete.
Joseph H. Pilates, the founder of the Pilates method, based his exercise system on various methods from around the world, among them the mind-body formats of yoga and Chinese martial arts.
Pilates believed that our physical and mental health are intertwined and designed a program around principles that support this philosophy.
You may have heard of Pilates, but may not be quite sure what it is or why it is so important. Pilates (pronounced puh-LAH-teez) is a form of exercise and body conditioning developed by a man named Joseph Pilates. This mind/body exercise method features a series of over 500 exercises. These exercises can be done on a mat or on various innovative pieces of equipment specifically designed for Pilates.
There are two primary goals associated with Pilates. The first goal is to engage the mind in what the body is doing. Through Pilates, you will become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how best to control its movements. The second goal is to strengthen the core muscles of the body. Although it involves the abdominal muscles, core strength is not about having a visible six-pack. The core muscles include not only the abdominals (specifically the transverse abdominus, the deepest layer of abdominal muscles) and lower back, but also the muscles of the pelvic floor, buttock and hips.
All of the core muscles work together to keep your trunk stable while your limbs are active. They hold your body upright, absorb shock, improve your balance and posture, and enable you to really put some oomph in your arm and leg movements.
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