I thought I would take this opportunity to write about pilates. Pilates is an exercise method designed to strengthen and restore the body to balance. It is based on an understanding of the body’s muscular and skeletal systems.
While it can be done at home, taking a pilates class is usually the best way of starting. Classes focus on specific areas individually, whilst also using exercises to re-educate the whole body to restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function.
It is this approach that sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise. It is generally recommended by osteopaths, physiotherapists and General Practitioners and is one of the safest forms of exercise today. Like all exercise, pilates helps us become more aware of our bodies, especially alignment and posture.
Over time, pilates may also help us to combat tension and pain. Pilates concentrates on our core strength, which is the foundation to the pilates exercise regime. When the core muscles are strong they work alongside other muscles to support the spine and stomach. Developing stability throughout the torso is a fundamental part of Pilates.
It is particularly good for people who struggle with bad backs. Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level. Some say it can even be fun.