Benefits of Pilates

Written by Gracia Anggraini (Physiotherapist & DMA Clinical Pilates Instructor)

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a total-body workout created by Joseph Pilates over a century ago to rehabilitate injured WW1 soldiers and, subsequently, to strengthen and condition dancers. Then, in the 1960s, it became a popular form of exercise among the wealthy in New York. However, it is now more broadly available, with a wide range of styles ranging from classic to modern.

The targeting and isolation of deep core muscles is a major focus of Pilates. Overall core muscular strength and fitness improves the powerful stabilising muscles in the mid back, lower back, spine, chest, and glutes, in addition to producing a strong belly and obliques. 

The spine is designed to move in all directions. By focusing on proper body alignment and posture, you will learn to recruit the correct muscle group according to the movement you are required to perform. 

The movements in Pilates emphasises a wide range of motion. By taking your body through these exercises, with repetition, your range of motion and flexibility will be enhanced. 

What exercises are involved?

Low-impact exercises focused on flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance are used in the conventional technique. Additionally, precision technique, balanced postural alignment, core strength, controlled, flowing movements, and employing breath to focus the mind are all emphasised in the exercises.

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Is Pilates suitable for me? 

Pilates is generally considered a low-impact exercise and is safe for most people to perform. However, we do recommend seeing a health care practitioner (Physiotherapist or Osteopath) prior to commencing any new exercise routine, especially if you are currently rehabilitating from an injury. Also, our Pilates classes are run by a Physiotherapist who are trained to assess and correct all exercises performed in the class. 

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