PILATES – THE BENEFITS


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PILATES – THE BENEFITS

Being a Pilates Teacher, I am slightly biased, but let me explain why Pilate is so good for us.

Joseph Pilates was a ballet dancer, but struggled with the intense physical commitment that went with it, so he invented an exercise regime to strengthen his body to allow him to cope with the pressures presented by his ballet training.

HOW IT WORKS?

Firstly, there are 6 core principles:  Breathing, Centring, Control, Concentration, Flowing, Movement, Precision and more recently Awareness, Stamina and Relaxation.This means you do every exercise slowly, in an exact position, always extending from your middle which stays strong and static, and always with the effort on the out breath.

Secondary, the areas of the body you work are important. Traditionally at the gym we move our head and shoulders back and forth off the mat to work our abdominals, but how often do we make that movement in real life? Never, so why do we spend so much time training it? The answer is the stronger the abdominals are, the more they hold in the flabby bits.

The Transverse Abdominus (TVA) is a very large muscle that resembles a tin can with the back attached to the spine. It ensures we can stand up without falling over, or sit up without flopping sideways. How often do we do this in real life….always. Pilates trains the TVA which in turn strengthens the muscles, helping back pain, hip pain, and even knee and ankle pain by making us stand correctly.

At the bottom of the TVA are your pelvic floor muscles, which are also focused in Pilates, which are really important for giving us good posture and protecting our hip joint in particularly.

As well as training these core muscles, Pilates uses stretching and mobility exercises to improve your posture. It teaches you to balance to help strengthen core and thus build your protective inner barrier.  The power of breathing in your exercises also helps you to concentrate and relax.

Sarah Pennicott

Personal Trainer & Pilates Instructor

www.master-fitness.co.uk

sarah@master-fitness.co.uk

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