About Pilates

What is Pilates?

Joseph Pilates was the creator and promoter of the Pilates method. Pilates is a series of movements that are aimed to strengthen the core, correct posture and add mobility to the body. Although the movements may look simple they take a lot of precision to perform. “You are only as young as your spine is flexible” (Joseph Pilates)

Why Pilates?

For many reasons… They say “sitting is the new smoking”. Backed up by a series of research, it has been found that sitting for hours is detrimental for the human body; poor body posture that leads to impaired lung efficiency, poor oxygenation of the brain and body, compromised circulation, stiffness in back and neck muscles, just to name a few. On top, our busy lifestyles and often lack of engagement into our own well being takes us to put physical activity as the last item of our to-do list. Pilates’ benefits are numerous, and when it comes to sitting for long hours it is one of the most comprehensive workouts to counterbalance the problem:

  • Builds core stability by increasing muscle strength, particular the abdominals, back muscles, hips and buttocks
  • Encourages mind-body connection and awareness. As it requires certain concentration, there is not much chance for your mind to get side tracked while performing it
  • Helps stress management and relaxation
  • Builds a balanced body improving flexibility and mobility of your spine and the whole musculoskeletal system
  • It is gentle yet challenging as it uses your own bodyweight for resistance (mostly in Mat Pilates)
  • Improves lung capacity and encourages blood and oxygen flow through deep breathing
  • Increases body awareness and body posture. Good body posture can consequently help improve self confidence