How Does It Work?
The aim of a Pilates programme is to develop good integration: of the body with the mind and the mind with the spirit. It connects us back to the breath and helps us to develop a better understanding of our own body. Sounds kooky? Not really – better awareness of how we move and the mastery of those movements gives us the freedom and strength to support everyday tasks with less strain.
Pilates is designed to encourage us to find a more stable centre and our best posture. The exercises are designed to integrate the body’s systems.
Skeletal System: The body’s frame of bones and joints, keeping us strong and stable.
Nervous System: The body’s network of sensory fibres relaying messages to and from the brain, keeping the body developing.
Fascia System: the system of soft tissue that separates individual muscles from each other, connecting the systems together.
Muscular System: The body’s means of movement and strength, helping to power us and absorb shock.
Pilates promotes an increase in flexibility, muscle endurance, strength, balance and proprioception (nerve connection) – so not only is the body challenged but awareness is developed too. Both the circulation and breathing are improved and exercises help to stimulate the immune system.
It helps to realign the body, improve muscle elasticity and joint mobility. Injuries are much less likely with a body that has good balance of strength and flexibility. This balance takes stress from the joints and encourages more efficient movement patterns.
Pilates helps to energise us for daily activities and relax us to encourage calm and a better night’s sleep.