An Introduction to Pilates

16 Nov

Pilates trains the whole body. The exercises strengthen primarily the lower back, abdomen, pelvis and buttocks. The advantages are numerous: a correct posture, smooth back, a freer breathing, developing strong and flexible muscles. It is also important that these results are obtained without pain or injury!

Pilates provides dozens of benefits to the practitioner who trains regularly and with precision. Below are 6 of the main effects of Pilates:

  1. The practitioner receives an increased lung capacity and better blood circulation through deep breathing.
  2. Muscle strength and flexibility are improved, especially those of the trunk muscles.
  3. The spine is flexible and may more.
  4. Around the basin, the body is much more stable.
  5. Coordination, both muscular and mental, is improved.
  6. Bones become stronger and joints more flexible.

The old Pilates is based on the flattening of the back. Research indicates that this is the cause of many back problems. Perfect Pilates assumes an “active hollow back. To you ‘Powerhouse’ to create a strong lower back, you need to enable deep back muscles.

Pilates is based on the natural ‘physiological’ breathing. It is also often worked with in and out through the nose. But it is more efficient to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth to breathe. By inhaling through your nose the air is filtered, heated and humidified. By exhaling through your mouth creates a slight pressure increase causing your airways are open wider.

In last 10 years in the U.S. Pilates has become a huge hype. Pilates is, like the founder called it, “the art of muscle control”.  The founder of the method, Joseph Pilates was born in 1880 in Germany. During the First World War he worked in England as a sports teacher and boxing trainer of the British police.

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