Pilates is all about strengthening the core, which does not mean only working on having flat abs. The core is the foundation of all movement and is super important to help you in your day-to-day activities like walking, lifting and turning around. Pilates prevents injuries by creating a stronger and healthier back and promotes a strong and aligned body.
Whether you are a professional athlete, or you can’t even reach your toes; it’s all about your own progress and anybody can join Pilates!
History of Pilates
Joseph Pilates became interested in exercises from both Eastern and Western practices like yoga, tai chi, gymnastics and boxing to overcome the illnesses that he battled. During WW1, he ended up in a camp where he helped wounded and injured soldiers. This is where his inspiration grew to create a program called Contrology,
which is now The Pilates Method.
After the war, Joseph Pilates moved to the US where his practices soon became immense popular and he opened his first
Pilates Studio with his wife Clara.
Through the years, Pilates has gradually evolved, but the roots of the technique are steeped in the philosophy and movement patterns designed by Joseph Pilates over 90 years ago.
Pilates; the benefits
Pilates has a lot of health benefits for your body. Although the workout might not be as sweaty and strained as others, the sessions promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increase the range of motion for the joints.
Pilates can help you strengthen the back by training the abdominal muscles and will elongates the muscles without getting too ‘bulky’. Also, you will feel and see improvement in the posture and a toned body. The exercises lowers the risk of injuries by creating awareness of how to use muscles, improves blood circulation and above all, it promotes relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.