What Is Pilates?

Who should be doing Pilates and why?

Strength training is an important and beneficial activity that every person, at every stage of life should be doing. When I say strength training, most think of big, heavy weights, body builders and elite athletes, however, this is not always the case.img_4538.jpg

Pilates is a form of strength training intended to improve strength, flexibility, muscular control, body awareness, breathing and posture. Pilates is slow and focuses on controlled movements, it is gentle on the joints and low impact. All exercises are performed with an emphasis on technique, balanced postural alignment, core strength and uses the breath to create flowing movements.

Sounds easy right? Not exactly! Sometimes, we only think of training the muscles we can see.  It is just as important to work all the deeper, smaller muscles that you can’t see. Think of those small muscles like your backstage crew, they need to be running functionally, smoothly and efficiently to make the front of the house appear great! IMG_3167Practising Pilates does exactly this. We condition these smaller muscles, along side those big ones we can see, to ensure our body is functioning as a whole.

How is Pilates different to Yoga?
Pilates focuses on strength, muscle toning, body control as well as lengthening tight muscles, with the main emphasis being on “core” strength. Yoga is generally used to improve the flexibility of the body and its joints.

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Who should be doing Pilates?
The easy answer, EVERYBODY! Pilates can be used specifically for:

  • General health, strength and flexibility
  • Pre and post natal exercise
  • Chronic lower back pain
  • The ageing population to maintain function
  • Injury rehabilitation

Where should I start?
Talk to one of our Accredited Exercise Physiologists to find out where the best place for you to start might be. Matwork pilates is great for beginners and a great place to go back to basics. If you have or have had an injury or health condition, you may be best to start in our clinical pilates before progressing to a generalised class.

See our class descriptions to find out what pilates we offer.

Contact us to find out more!

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