Pilates – More Than Just Working the Core

Pilates

Pilates method by definition is a set of postural exercises focused on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and the entire perino-abdominal area.

Typically in every Pilates session, the major focus will be on breathing, contraction of the muscles of the abdominal area and strengthening the deep core muscles (which is generally unused during our daily activities). Since the focus is mainly on the core muscles, there is a general misconception that Pilates is just about working the core, however Pilates has numerous other benefits and would rank right after yoga as a complete wellness workout for your body. Some of the other benefits are

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  • It improves your overall strength, resilience, reflex and flexibility.
  • It strengthens critical but unused muscle fibers.
  • It increases the alignment and balance of your body.
  • Proper breathing improves your focus, concentration and overall health.
  • It controls obesity and obesity related illness.
  • Strengthens all the vital organs in the abdomen.

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[box type=”info”]The yoga and Pilates industry is worth $ 7.6 billion and is growing at a rate of 5% per year in the United States. It employs 103,033 people in the United States[/box]

PilatesThe yoga and the Pilates industry is growing at a scorching pace, and it is important to learn Pilates from a reputed and trusted coaching center. Choosing the right coaching center is very important, the trainers should have a holistic knowledge of the body and muscle profiles. The are some top centers like Colife Wellness Coaching in Switzerland which provides a one on one coaching for various holistic methods like Yoga, Pilates and Meditation.

There are several styles in Pilates, Joseph Pilates is the one who originally developed the system. However the system has evolved, and it is modified to serve different purposes
Fletcher Pilates – Highly reputed system developed by Ron Fletcher and is close to the original Pilates.

Stott Pilates – It is the most popular system today and it also incorporates contemporary exercise techniques. It is also widely used to treat sports injuries, especially spinal cord injuries.

Power Pilates – A certification program that is very close to the original work of Joseph Pilates. It increases the healing power of the body.

Winsor Pilates – It was founded by Mari Winsor. Widely commercialized and popular.

Today several studio apparatus are used to diversify the basic method. However the basic concept of moving the body through several sets of fluid motion while resisting the stable position (called as the powerhouse), remains the same.

The classic principles of Pilates remains the same in every type.

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  • Control of body
  • Concentration
  • Centering
  • Precision
  • Breathing

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These five principles are the pillars of  Pilates, and it helps in slowing down the practitioners to bring consciousness and awareness to all their workout. It helps in improving the results of all their physical activities or physio-therapy.

Regular practice of Pilates will lead to a complete well being of mind and body and a better core body strength.

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