BENEFITS: Increases strength from the inside
out. Decreases compression of spine. Creates
long, strong muscles.
Originally named Contrology, Joseph Pilates
developed his method to aid in rehabilitation.
Stricken with rickets as a child, Pilates was
determined to develop an incredibly strong,
well-proportioned physique. Coined the dancers
work out decades ago, Pilates is now accessible
to people of any age or ability; to those with
a healthy body or one in need of special attention.
The equipment he designed at the turn of the
18th century facilitates the lengthening of
muscles, as all muscle groups are worked from
origin to insertion. This creates long, supple
muscles that are well toned and strong, as no
bulking of any muscles and connective tissue
is involved in this form of movement.
Pilates focuses highly on the “core” muscles,
or “powerhouse” of the body. These terms refer
to the abdominal muscles…all of them. When
moving from one’s core, all abdominal muscles
are recruited to perform efficiently and safely.
Unlike most exercises we have been taught to
create strong stomach muscles in the past, Pilates
educates the client to engage his or her tranversus
abdominus, internal and external obliques, and
rectus abdominus, as both the anterior and posterior
parts of the torso are challenged. This increase
in awareness and strength of core muscles decreases
pressure and compression of the back and spine.
Understanding one’s powerhouse and the fact
that our daily movement should stem from it,
the Pilates practitioner may focus on toning
and slimming other areas of the body while increasing
flexibility and range of motion. The Mala Motion
client will feel longer, stronger and more centered
and aware of his or her body in space. The
possibilities are limitless.
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