So what is Pilates?
The Pilates Method of exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. It was originally used as a rehabilitation program for prisoners of war and was later found to be of great benefit to anyone seeking a higher level of fitness. Pilates is a form of exercise which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core-strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenging for a person at any level.
Core Strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement. As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back-pain. As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.
Breathing is an integral part of the Pilates discipline. Learn to breathe correctly.
Quote from the book Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology by Joseph Pilates; “True heart control follows correct breathing which simultaneously reduces heart strain, purifies the blood and develops the lungs. Breathing is the first act of life and the last.
Suitable for men and women of all ages and all levels of fitness.
Pilates can help reduce back pain through strengthening and improving posture.
Pre-natal allowing for an easier pregnancy, birth and recovery.
Post natal mums looking to regain their pre-pregnancy shape.
Professional dancers and athletes of all levels find benefits in doing Pilates to condition their bodies and prevent injuries.
Body Love offers Pilates classes in Berkhamsted or one to one lessons if you prefer.
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