What is Pilates?
Pilates is one of the most popular exercise regimes in the world
Pilates is a system of physical fitness designed by German physical trainer and gymnast Joseph Pilates to aid injured dancers. Practised by more than 25 million people around the world, Pilates develops the strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and good posture necessary to prevent back problems and reduce joint injuries, and has been used by physiotherapists for decades to assist in injury recovery and prevention. It involves many exercises designed to strengthen the bodies core muscles, such as the abs, oblique’s, thighs and buttocks, which together form the ‘powerhouse’ of muscles which are the key to a person’s stability, building flexibility, control and strength in the entire body.
These exercises can be tailored from beginner to advanced levels, and while they may look similar require a high degree of precision and control, with a strong emphasis on correct technique. The moves involved are designed to engage virtually your entire body for example by strengthening one group of muscles while stretching out another, which involves much more concentration than simply going through the motions using gym equipment and hence advanced exercises can be deceptively tough. While Pilates is focused mostly on your core alongside boosting your flexibility and joint mobility, it will also increase your strength and muscle tone generally due to the degree of body weight exercises involved. It is not an aerobic exercise, however, and hence is not a substitute for cardio exercises.
At Touch Point Massage, we teach our own version of Pilates, Pilates PT! This is a modern and progressive derivative on the classic teachings of Joseph Pilates. An ALL body workout, designed to mould your body into a functional powerhouse. We also use elements of Yoga stretching, boot camp intensity and classic Pilates-style and flow.
The benefits! (To name a few!)
- Increased physical and mental wellbeing.
- Improved functionality in your chosen sport
- Improved posture at work
- Elements of meditation and focus
If you want to find out more about Pilates, check out our page to find out more about classes and the benefits.