Principles of Pilates
Joseph Pilates developed this method around 1890 from his own knowledge of Western and Eastern philosophers. Pilates aims to increase the strength, suppleness and control of body and mind. This is done by building up exercises from the centre of power, also called powerhouse. Classical Pilates consists of 34 exercises, but these are given simplified during many lessons. Pilates consists of 6 elements:
Concentration during all exercises
Centering your concentration to the powerhouse
Control over every exercise you do
Precision and balance in every exercise
Smooth transition to the next exercise
Breathing integrated in the exercises
In order to be able to perform pilates exercises, you need relatively few attributes. A mat is the minimum you need to be able to perform exercises. In addition, pilates sometimes use a number of devices.
The advantages of pilates
Regular pilates exercises have a beneficial effect on both your body and mind. Here are some of the most important benefits of pilates.
- Strong back and abdominal muscles (also called core)
More control over your body
Improved posture and balance
A supple and flexible body
More effective and safer movement of your body, so that injuries can be prevented and healed
Training of all muscle groups
It can help you lose weight because it increases your muscle mass and burns more fat.
For whom pilates is suitable
Pilates can be done by anyone: young or old, in good or bad shape, man or woman. As with all sports, pilates require you to listen to your body. If you experience pain while performing a certain exercise, stop doing it immediately. If you are already suffering from certain complaints, such as back pain, consult your specialist and pilatesinstructor about the possibilities.