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Platinum Pilates is designed to improve core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels.
By focusing on your core strength, you enhance the little muscles in the body so you’re better able to support the larger ligaments, tendons and joints. When our muscles are weak they make compensations for each other which lead to instability and injury. Take your back for instance: if your posture is bad, your lower back and hips will then adjust themselves accordingly which means they’re essentially out of place.
Pilates encourages you to think about how you perform everyday movements. It heightens your body awareness which in turn improves your overall agility, flexibility and strength. It helps you ensure your body is working at its optimal level all the time.
There are many benefits to pilates:
- Longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
- Improves postural problems
- Increases core strength and stability
- Helps prevent injury
- No impact – easy on the joints
- Enhances functional fitness
- Balances strength and flexibility
- Heightens body awareness
- Compliments all other forms of exercise
- Improves performance in all sports (tennis, golf, sailing, skiing, weight lifting, horse ridding etc)
- Improves balance, coordination and circulation
- Can be individualized for any one from rehabilitation patients to elite athletes to sedentary persons
- Decrease in back pain/other general pains and aches
Pilates is actually great for people with injuries, weak muscles and particularly bad posture because it encourages you to strengthen your problem areas in a relaxed and low impact way. It is advisable that anyone with serious injuries consults their doctor or physio though. Pregnant women should also get the okay from their doctor before proceeding.
There are many pilates principles. We like to think of it as a gradual learning process. We are conditioning the body through breathing, pelvic placement, rib cadge placement, scapular movement, head and cervical spine placement.
Pilates requires you to focus on your breathing and feel subtle differences in your body. It allows you to grow mentally and spiritually through the exercises.
We constantly emphasize posture. This is done through stretching your spine and strengthening the deep internal abdominal muscles to support the rest of the body.
Mat pilates is a great way to learn and start practicing the pilates principals. This is the most popular, where much time is spent on the floor using gravity and your own body weight to create resistance. Reformer pilates provides resistance to your workout. It can assist in creating more challenges and corrects muscular imbalance.
No matter what you do during the day, washing, ironing, picking up the kids, working at a computer, running, feeding the pets etc etc. All of these activities can be enhanced by bringing Pilates into your daily life, and we don’t just mean working out. The basic principles of Pilates, like neutral spine, shoulder stability, using your abs to support your spine and upper body will help you to strengthen while at the same time ease some of those aches and pains caused by under or over-use of muscles.