You will build a strong, stable and flexible foundation. Whether you have just joined a gym, or started running outside, or you are a seasoned althlete, we all need to do this. We all need to slow down, breathe and take time to construct a strong, unbreakable body. How does Pilates do this?
You will build a strong core.
The core is at the heart of all movement. In Pilates we refer to this as the 'powerhouse', which basically means this is where movement is generated. If we want to move well, we need to activate the core muscles and build functional strength. This goes beyond having perfectly chiseled abs. The core muscles run deep and we need to know how to activate them and access this strength.
You will correct imbalances.
The body is clever. When you sit for too long, or workout on a poor foundation, your body will learn to compensate. Your body will take the path of least resistance to perform movement. So imbalances are created. Our muscles become tighter, overused and tense. Pilates will help you iron all this out. You will activate the core and lengthen and open the muscles that have become overused, painful and tight. This will help you move more freely.
Last but not least, you will create a mind-body connection.
Pilates is mindful movement. It will help you to become more mindful, but due to the focus on the core, body balance and mind-body connection it is perfect for restoring movement. Every movement is a skill. So when we lose the ability to move well, it is important to slow down, focus, breathe and rebuild body awareness. It is the slow, intentional movement that will restore the body and help prevent injury.
Mat Pilates is great way to start. It is a low-impact class, that is perfect for people who want to focus on the basic principles. It is a great way to master the foundations, learn to undo bad postural habits and to create balance in your body. It the best way to reconnect and listen to your body.
Stability Ball Pilates
Stability Ball is a great gym classic! However it can be so much more in a Pilates workout. It provides a great neuromuscular challenge which will help your balance, stability and control. It is perfect for enhancing movement and it will challenge your movement in a unique way.
Suspension Pilates is 100% focused on functional, whole body movement. It relies exclusively on your own body weight and flow of movement, making it a winning formula for making movement more efficent.
But more importantly, it provides you with a great base of support, so you can try bigger movements without putting too much pressure on the body.